Marcella T. "Meme" Jaquish, 83 of Orleans, was called home to be with the Lord on April 8, 2021. She was born on the family farm in Brownington, VT on May 30, 1937 to Hormidas and Alice (Laplante) Lussier. She was the youngest of four daughters. Growing up on a farm she learned the lesson of hard work which was carried and shown her whole life.
Marcella only went to school until the 8th grade when she then joined the workforce at Ethan Allen in Orleans. She was a faithful employee for 44 years, taking much pride in her work and being as thorough as one could be. During her years at Ethan Allen, she made friendships that lasted a lifetime, often recalling the joyful times that were had between co-workers. She would also become the owner of the locally famous Jakes Pizza on Second Street in Newport, then working as a dietary aid at Maple Lane Nursing Home. Marcella would retire early from Ethan Allen, allowing her daughter and son-in-law to open their own dream business, Newport Farm and Garden. She went on to care for her two grandsons during the summer, always making sure they were well fed and caring for them during the busy summer months. Meme never missed a sports game, school concert, or celebrations, making sure she was always there early as being late was not an option. At the young age of 71 she would go back to work for Rural Community Transport, helping transport individuals to their own appointments. Marcella met many wonderful people and often recalled she missed driving and meeting all the different individuals and hearing their stories.
Meme would always put her family first, making sure no birthday, anniversary or holiday went by without being celebrated. Nobody would ever leave her meals hungry, and often were told they are bringing leftovers with them. During her later years she could be found completing puzzles or diamond art projects, with some scolding being given to her soon to be granddaughter that would keep her well stocked up and busy. Her hard work still showed as she completed every one, no matter the difficulty.
Marcella was a dedicated parishioner to Most Holy Trinity Parish in Barton, attending every Saturday at St. Theresa Church in Orleans, and helping when she could with events.
Marcella is survived by her loving daughter and joy of her life Tracie Quirion and her son-in-law Robert, her grandchildren Marc and his fiancée Eilish of Derby, and Patric and his companion Bria of St. Johnsbury; an older sister Rita Martineau of South Windsor, CT: and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was pre-deceased by her parents, sisters Geralda Girouard, Madeline Roberts and brothers-in-laws Rene Martineau, Louis Girouard, and Ernest Roberts.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday April 14, 2021 at St. Theresa's Church in Orleans with father Curtis Miller officiating. Interment to follow at St. Theresa's Cemetery in Orleans. If friends desire, memorial contributions in Marcella's name may be made to St. Paul's School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, VT 05822. On-line condolences may be made at curtis-britch.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch & Bouffard Funeral Home and Cremation Service, locally family owned and operated.