Hooksett - (Marie) Cecile Therese Cote Proulx, 88, of Hooksett, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, after a period of declining health.
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Born in Manchester on April 27, 1925, to Michel and Anna (Chabot) Cote, she was predeceased by her loving and devoted husband of 60 years, Ernest Oscar Proulx; her parents; and two brothers, Roland and Emile.
Cecile attended St. Anthony's Catholic School, but chose to enter the workforce before graduating high school, working in the shoe factories of Manchester and later doing piece work from home. She became a very talented seamstress, making many of her and her children's clothing, including her own wedding gown. In the late 1960's, she gained employment at General Electric in Hooksett doing assembly work and retiring in 1987. During that period, she returned to school and received her GED in 1978, an accomplishment she was very proud of.
She was a member of the Women's Auxiliary of the American Legion Jutras Post, a Cub Scout den mother and a Girl Scout troop leader. She enjoyed square dancing, camping trips to Papoose Pond, trips to Hampton Beach and the camp at Webster Lake, playing cards, entertaining family and friends, baking special treats for her many nieces and nephews, cruises to the islands, Hawaii and Alaska, family reunions and driving cross country, visiting with many dear friends from her husband's service in the war. Later years found her volunteering for the American Red Cross and Elliot Hospital and competitively participating in an adult bowling league.
A longtime member of St. George Catholic Church followed by St. Catherine of Siena Church, she and her family were very active in the church community, creating a lifetime of friendships and memories.
Cecile is survived by her four children: Ronald Proulx, his wife, Diana, and their daughter, Katherine, of Hooksett; Michael Proulx, his wife, Deborah, and their two children, Amelia and Robert, of Portsmouth; Jeannine Bohi, her husband, Joe, and their two children, Joe Jr. and Chris, of Loudon; and Emile Proulx and his wife, JoAnne, of Manchester; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family is grateful to the staff at Hanover Hill and the Manchester VNA and Hospice for the wonderful care they provided during her final months.
services: Visiting hours will be held Sunday, Sept. 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Durning, Bykowski & Young Funeral Home, 25 Manchester St., Manchester. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Catherine of Siena Church at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Cecile's memory to: Manchester VNA and Hospice, 1070 Holt Ave., Suite 1400, Manchester 03109.
Durning, Bykowski and Young Funeral Home, 285 Manchester St, Manchester, is assisting with arrangements. Go to www.durningbykowskiandyoung.com to sign an online register.
Durning, Bykowski & Young Funeral Home, Inc.
285 Manchester Street
Manchester, NH 03103-5210
Published in Union Leader on Sept. 13, 2013