Carol Jewell Bourque, 79, of Lebanon, NH, passed away on January 25, 2021, at the Lebanon Center.
She was born Carol Lee Jewell on April 19, 1941, the daughter of Richard and Lena Jewell.
Carol was a graduate of Stevens High School in the class of 1959. She was a majorette that was part of the Stevens High School Band that was invited to march in President Eisenhower’s inaugural parade in Washington, DC, where there were only 12 high school bands selected. The choice of a high school band to represent a state in this parade was an unusual honor that she did not take lightly and was one of her proudest moments.
She graduated from Sacred Heart Hospital, School of Nursing in 1965. She worked as an RN at Mary Hitchcock Hospital and Valley Regional Hospital but most of her career was at Sullivan County Nursing Home from which she retired in 1998. She loved being a nurse and her willingness to help others never ended.
Carol was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Edward Jewell.
Her proudest accomplishment was raising her boys: David Bourque Sr and his wife, Celeste of Claremont; and Michael Bourque and his wife, Mary of Wilmot; grandchildren, Rae Luck and her husband, Josh; David Bourque Jr.; Henri Bourque; Caroline Bourque and Abigail Bourque; sister, Linda Labaire and her husband, Neal of East Brookfield, MA; and niece, Alison; sister-in-law, Susan Jewell of Davidson, NC; nephew, Eddie “Champ”; nieces, Deanna and Marissa and many great nieces and nephew.
Special thank you to the wonderful staff at Lebanon Center Genesis. From the housekeeping staff to the dining staff to the office staff to all the nursing staff, everyone knew the lady with the bows in her hair. She would get your attention; even a quick wave hello would get a big Carol smile. Carol felt very close to so many there; before COVID-19, you would find her in the living room sitting pretty having her coffee. She loved to talk, do crafts, and show off her new clothes. Thank you all for the attention, the care, and the love you gave our mother, we appreciate every bit of it.
Donations may be made in her memory to the American Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association.
A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Mary Church in Claremont on Friday morning. Burial followed in St Mary Cemetery.
The Stringer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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