Sunday, March 09, 2008

The Obituary of Marie Aldea "Blanche" Guillmette nee Ferron, 1977, Lowell, Massachusetts

Published in The Lowell Sun 24 May 1977, pg. 22

Mrs. Blanche Gullmette
Lowell - Mrs. Blanche (Ferron) Guilmette of 33 Cosgrove St., wife of the late Arthur P. Guilmette, died last night at the Casa Grande Nursing Home in Tewksbury.
Born in St. Paulin, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Claude and the late Georgiana (Raboin) Ferron. At the time of her death she was retired, having been a proprietor of a lodging house on Dutton Street.
She was a communicant of Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, a member of the Ladies Sodality of her parish and a member of the Marguerite D'Youville Charity League of the Franco American School.
She is survived by one daughter; Mrs. Doris Cooper of Tulsa, Oklahoma and two sisters; Mrs Victoria Simoneau and Mrs. Yvonne Moran, both of Lowell.

I believe Blanche to be the same Marie Aldea Ferron baptised in St. Paulin Maskinonge on 7 Nov 1889 née la veille (born the previous day) to Claude Ferron and Georgiana Rabouin

(Fonds Drouin 1621-1967, 1889 St. Paulin Co-Maskinongne, PQ - B 64 Marie Aldea Ferron Register Photocopy to the Greffe of Trois Rivieres- Godparents: Joseph Rabouin & Rosalie Ferron).

I believe this to be true because in the 1930 census of 25 Dutton St. there is an Aldea Guillmette who is the head, age 40, married, 1st marriage at age 16, occupation is listed as Lodging House (although it states she is married in the census I do not see her husband documented in the census of her household). There is also a Doris Gillmette age 12 who is her daughter.

Also it is stated in the above obituary that, like her sister Victoria Simoneau nee Ferron, Blanche also ran a rooming house on the Dutton Street

Reference for the census of 25 Dutton St., Lowell Ma is (1930 U.S. Census) Massachusetts Series: T626 Roll: 921 pg. 142 ED 9-119 Ward 5 Line 13

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