Maureen Mary (Charbonneau) Gilchrist

Monday, January 04, 2016
Lebanon, N.H. — Maureen Mary (Charbonneau) Gilchrist, 83, passed peacefully in the early hours of Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. She was born Jan. 15, 1932 in Montreal, daughter of Albert & Margaret (Todd) Charbonneau, and loving wife of the late Ernest McIntosh Gilchrist, who she wed on a cold Dec. 13th day in 1958. Their life together took them from Plattsburgh, N.Y. to Steeple Ashton & Upper Heyford, England during the US Air Force years, and then back stateside to years raising their three sons in Holliston, Mass., and Lebanon since 1976. No matter what challenges they faced they faced them together.

Maureen will be missed for her loving and friendly ways. A “city girl” by birth but a “country girl” by choice, wherever life led her she quickly found friends, whether as an serviceman’s wife at the local pub in England, working third shift at General Electric, Split Ball Bearing, or most recently as the “Lunch Lady” at the Sacred Heart School in Lebanon, or working the Christmas Bazaar at the First Congregational Church of Holliston and later the First Baptist Church of Lebanon.

Her love for her sons and their families was what brought her through the early loss of her husband in 1992, her own battle with breast cancer, learning how to drive at 64, and her final illness. Always stoic and a fighter to the end, her body may have worn out but her spirit never dimmed.

She leaves behind with heavy hearts her three sons and their families. Russell & Phyllis Gilchrist of Duncanville, Texas, David & Tammy Gilchrist of Harpswell, Maine, Steven Gilchrist of Harpswell, her grandchildren, Bobbi Gilchrist of Brunswick, Maine, Brianna Gilchrist of Duncanville, Amanda Gilchrist of White River Junction, Vt., Amelia Gilchrist of Hartland, Vt., Morgan Gilchrist of Duncanville, and Erin Gilchrist of New London, N.H. She also leaves nieces and nephews in the Montreal and Toronto areas of Canada, who she was loving known as Auntie Mimi.

She is finally free of her toil and pain here on Earth and now joins her eternal family with God. Ernest has missed his beloved dance partner for far too long.

There will be no calling hours or funeral services. A graveside service will be held at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Bath, Maine on a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Susan G. Koman Foundation, or St. Judes Hospital for Children. An online guest book is available to leave a message of condolence by visiting www.rickerfuneralhome.com.




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