Virginia Duhamel, 89

Virginia Duhamel

GRAY — Virginia “Ginny” Duhamel, 89, passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, spending her remaining days surrounded by family and friends.

She was born July 27, 1928, in Westerly, R.I., one of seven children born to George Sydney and Sarah Gray Moorhouse.

She was married 35 years to the late Chester R. Duhamel and spent nearly 65 years in Gray in the home she loved. She was a past member of the Congregational Church in Gray, and was an avid equestrian, seamstress, gardener, skier, tennis player, and artist, decorating her home with many of her works. She worked as a bookkeeper up until her retirement.

Her sister Rosalie recalls that “she was always happy, outgoing, and full of energy” growing up on their farm in Westerly. She was a tough farm girl and this spirit remained with her throughout her life.

Her daughter remembers seeing her grab a shovel for protection as she crossed the stallion’s pasture to escort her cat safely back to the house! She was well-known for her love of animals: horses, long-haired kitties, and a 32-year-old goose named Gus that she tended for many years.

She was predeceased by brothers, Norman and Roger; and sister, Martha, of Westerly.

She is survived by sons, James R. Duhamel of Falmouth, Wayne A. Duhamel of New Gloucester and Mark R. Duhamel of New Gloucester; a daughter, Susan J. Frye of Raymond; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Rosalie Mitchell of Delaware; brother, Arnold Moorhouse of Arizona; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Burial will be in the spring in Westerly, R.I. No services will be held at this time. A birthday memorial will be held in July. Arrangements are by the Wilson Funeral Home of Gray.

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