Wells, Vermont – Joan Helen “Joanie” (Jones) Pauquette, 83, “went home” on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021.
Joan was born in Granville, New York, on July 24, 1938, to Samuel A. Jones and Pauline Helen (Fitzpatrick) Jones. She was their youngest daughter and the sixth out of seven children: Beverly Oakman, Wilhelmina “Billy” Jones, Sally Roussil, Betty Sheldon, Jermaine “Jerry” Pauquette and Samuel Jones II (all of whom predeceased her).
Joan graduated from Granville High School, Class of 1956, joined the U.S. Navy Reserves and worked for several years at National Grange Insurance before marrying her husband of 61 years, Richard “Richie” Pauquette, and starting a family. They were married in St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Poultney, Vermont, on April 23, 1960, and together raised three children, Paulette “Polly” Pauquette Miller (Loren), Richard “Dick” Pauquette and Danielle Pauquette (Andy); five grandchildren, Nicole Miller Bower (Scott), Lauren Miller Flanders (Wes), Alexandra Pauquette Towle (Kevin), Jordan Pauquette (Rachael) and Paige Pauquette; and seven great-grandchildren, Mason Seuferling, Fiona Graves, Gavin Gensch, Grayson Towle, Libby Bower, Elliott Bower and Orla Towle.
Joan spent her whole life on North Street in Wells, Vermont. As a child she lived on Little Lake St. Catherine and Lakes End in the Jones family home affectionately referred to as “the big yellow house” which burnt in 1961. For a short time, she and Richie lived at Lakes End Court. From 1964 until her death, she lived just across the bridge in the home Richie built for her at #351.
Always caring and compassionate, after her children were grown Joan shared her talent for caring for others while employed as a personal care assistant for the elderly and infirm through the Dorset Nurses and Manchester Home Health.
Joan was a proud member of the D.A.R. and Wells Historical Society. She treasured her family’s history and photos, which she enjoyed sharing with her cousin and family historian Neil Garner. Joan kept large scrapbooks of every newspaper clipping regarding family marriages, births, deaths and accomplishments, and in her last years, as her memory faded, they provided her great comfort as she spent hours reading and studying her albums.
Joan’s whole world was her home. She decorated the house for each holiday, and while she did not possess a passion for cooking, her home was always open for large family gatherings. She enjoyed tending her flower gardens, antiquing and going for a Sunday ride. Her mother, sisters and daughters were her best friends, along with Gladys Waite, Virginia Armer and Nadine Lake.
Joan was a loving and generous wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her family above all else, especially her niece, Michelle Pauquette, and nephew, Bernard “Butch” Pauquette, whom she loved and protected after the death of their mother, her sister Jerry.
In addition to her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, Joan is survived by many nieces and nephews and their families, along with numerous cousins.
While Joanie will be missed and mourned by those she left behind on this Earth, her family and friends take great comfort in knowing she is now “home” wrapped in the arms of those she loved and missed so much.
At Joan’s request, there will be no calling hours, and interment in the Wells Cemetery will be private. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Dementia Society of America.