Isabel Ella Demmon
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of Fitchburg; 94

FITCHBURG -- Miss Isabel Ella Demmon, 94 of Fitchburg died September 14, 2012 in the Holyoke Soldier's Home Holyoke, MA after an illness. Isabel was born November 9, 1917 in Fitchburg daughter of George C. and Lula (Page) Demmon.

She was a 1935 graduate of Fitchburg High School, a 1940 graduate of Burbank Hospital School of Nursing and in 1950 received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Boston University. In 1980 she retired after working several years for Dr. Richard LaVigne M.D. She had been a Head Nurse at Lucy Helen Hospital Maternity Unit and then went to work for the Visiting Nurse Association, Fitchburg.

In 1942 she joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and served for over two years in the China, Burma, India Theater of World War II, where she became a 1st LT. After her discharge from the army she became Asst. Chief of Nursing at the V.A. Hospital, Manchester N.H. She owned a studio in Rockport where she created Mobiles, stabiles and jewelry from beach findings. She had the occasion to exhibit her work in the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, NYC. She enjoyed a creative life writing as she traveled. Her writings included short stories, two book lengths and many poems including a collection of sea poems titled "A Sheath of Light" In 1981 her poem, "Child of The Sea" was inscribed in Braille on the sculpture "Aqueous" at the Michigan School of the Blind. In 1985 her manuscript "The Face Is The Same" was placed in the Nursing Archives at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University. Miss Demmon was presented the Spirit of Nursing Award aboard the USS Constitution in 1997. In 2005 she was presented with the Outstanding Woman Veteran of the Year award. She was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Medal with 1 Bronze star, WWII Victory Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button (Ruptured Duck) and the City of Leominster Medal. In 1988 she met and was photographed with Mother Teresa. She was a member of the Mother Church, First Church of Christ, Scientist Boston, a life member of the D.A.V. and a member of Family Link, a Veterans group whose purpose is to give moral support to those on active war zones and their families. In 2007 at the American Family Link meeting they celebrated her 90th birthday with a large banner and a picture of her in uniform.

Isabel leaves her twin sister Priscilla D. Peterson of Agawam, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her brother Philip A. Demmon and a sister Arlene Cross.

DEMMON -- A graveside service with Military honors will be held Saturday, September 29th at 10:00am in Forest Hill Cemetery, Fitchburg. There are no calling hours. Aubuchon-Moorcroft Funeral Home Fitchburg is assisting with arrangements. (

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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Sep. 20, 2012.
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November 3, 2012
Our last visit with Isabel, October 2011
Dear Isabel's family and friends,
My heartfelt prayers go out to you. It is hard to lose such a beautiful person even though death is not the end. May the Lord be with you: he comforts those who mourn. As Isabel always said, "lots of love to you". Anna and Jeff Heck
Anna Heck
October 6, 2012
Isabel was such a great friend to me.Debbie
September 23, 2012
To Esabel's Family, I knew Isabel just a short time. We met through my ad for cleanning at the Sundial Apts. She was a dear lady and I was so glad that we met and that I was able to help her. She shared with me her love of travel, her many experiences while in China during WWII and I had the honor of reading the books she had written. Which I enjoyed so much. I know that she truly is in a better place. Surrouned by the beauty she so loved and forever free of any pain or suffering. Now, forever a young
Spirit in Heaven. Sadly I am unable to be at the Military Serivce on the 29th. but I will be thinking of her and the family she loved.
Betty McGuirk
September 20, 2012
To the family of Miss Isabel.
She was a most wonderful friend to us at the Cathedral of the Pines while we were there 1993 thru 2010. We enjoyed our times talking about the Sloane family as well as our special outings with the Lydy's at two favorite restaurants Cyprus Grove in Rindge, NH and Kimbal Farms inJaffrey, NH. We are most fortunate that she shared many stories & Poems with us. One Book is very special to me about the Sea,
she wrote it for me after my Brain tumor removal in 1997. Weloved her and will miss her.. God's peace to all of you.
Don & Shirley Mahoney
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