BEDFORD - Rachel Dery, 101, formally of Bedford, passed away on Dec. 7, 2012, at the Hillsborough County Nursing Home.
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She was born on May 23, 1911, in Manchester, the daughter of the late Michael and Alice (Lemieux) Dery. She was brought up on the West Side of Manchester, where she lived for most of her life. Rachel worked many years for the J. F. McElwain shoe shop and also Chagnon's florist, until it was sold by her lifelong friend, Cecile Proulx. In her later years she moved in with Cecile and her son, David Proulx. After Cecile passed away, David lovingly cared for Rachel, until she was unable to care for herself at the age of 95 and went to the Hillsborough County Nursing Home.
She enjoyed shopping and buying gifts and things for others. She had a heart of gold and was an artist at wrapping presents and everyone got one. Whether it was your birthday or not, everyone got a surprise. She loved going to family gatherings and parties
Rachel was a lifelong communicant of "Ste. Jean the Baptist Church," now known as the Parish of Transfiguration. She had a great devotion to the Precious Blood Monastery and the sisters there, especially, Sister Mary Agnes.
Family members include her niece, Suzanne Booker and her husband James; four nephews, Jean Paul Poirier and his wife Vivian, James Poirier and his wife Susan, Ronald Dery and his wife Nancy, and Norman Dery and his wife Joline.
She is also survived by her lifelong friends and caregivers, David Proulx, and Robert Gilbert.
She was predeceased by her brother, Jerome Dery; her sisters, Julliette Dery and Irene Dery; a nephew, Richard "Red" Dery; and by Yvette Schambier and longtime friend Jacqueline Baron; along with infant siblings who died at birth.
services: Calling hours are at the Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., Manchester, on Monday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 10 a.m. in The Parish of the Transfiguration, 107 Alsace St., Manchester. Committal services will follow in Mt. Calvary Mausoleum.
For more information, or to sign the family guestbook, go to www.lambertfuneralhome.com.
Lambert Funeral Home
1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104
Published in Union Leader on Dec. 9, 2012