Bonnie (Durrell) (Champagne) Paquin has united with the Great Spirit after a period of declining health.
"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other, body thoroughly worn out and screaming…WOO HOO, WHAT A RIDE!"
Bonnie was predeceased by parents Lynnwood (Bud) Durrell and Margaret (Thompson) Durrell; sister Linda (Durrell) Ledoux; husband Dennis Locke and grandson Jake Dennis Locke. She was survived by her children, Denise Scardina of Boscawen, Bonnie Mongeau of Franklin, and Carrie Swain of Franklin; grandchildren, Michael Scardina, Molly Scardina, Brooke Boulton-Tuthill, Jack Mongeau, Elizabeth Beveridge, and Lynnwood (Jeff) Beveridge; great-grandchildren, Aria Scardina, Coen Lucier, Delanie Tuthill, and "honorary" great-grandaughter Autumn Rosario; niece, Margaret Sykas-Vermont; nephews, Andrew Ledoux of Vermont and Thomas Ledoux of North Carolina; and pets, Meow and Bitsy.
Besides the love and devotion of her daughters, there were friends that made life so much better for her and are deserving of mention: Mike Ruddy (her wise advisor and true friend); Jane, Jenn, Jess and Jim Anderson; Bonnie Burgess; Bev Clarenbach; Paula Harlow; Sandi Tanguay; Bill and Patti Allen; Glen Sisco, Joyce Bluhm, Deb Robbins and Arlene Gaffney (so many laughs and smiles!). Thank you all.
Bonnie loved creating beautiful stained glass – those lucky enough to have some of these works are lucky enough! She was proud of her Native American Penobscot, Wampanoag, Scottish and Irish heritage. She attended schools in Manchester and Pittsfield and was a graduate of Franklin Pierce University.
Bonnie worked for NH Blue Cross and Blue Shield for 24 years and had also worked for Lakes Region General Hospital since 2005. She was a member and supporter of National Audubon Society, ASPCA, Franklin Animal Shelter, National Wildlife Federation, and World Wildlife Foundation.
"Perhaps strength doesn't reside in having never been broken…but in the courage required to grow strong in the broken places."
Donations in her memory to the Franklin Animal Shelter are much appreciated. There will be a Celebration of Life to celebrate her reunification with the Great Spirit Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Franklin Opera House, 10:00am-12:00pm. All are welcome. Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium is assisting the family with arrangements. For more information or to leave a message of condolence please go to www.phaneuf.net.