Brattleboro - Mary Louise (Druke) Dauphinais, 88, died November 15th at Holton Home, where she had resided since 2010. Mrs. Dauphinais was born and raised on the family farm in Williamsville, Vermont. She resided in Albany, NY and Hudson, NH before returning to Vermont to be closer to family members.
She attended a one room school in Williamsville, graduated from St. Michael's High School in Brattleboro, earned a bachelor's degree from the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY and received her master’s degree from Boston College.
She was a teacher in Albany, NY and Hudson, NH for many years before marrying Harvey Dauphinais of Hudson, NH in December 1972. She was a devoted and faithful wife and caregiver to her husband, a disabled veteran, until his death in January 1991.
Mrs. Dauphinais was a lifelong music lover. She volunteered with the Nashua Symphony, and spent many happy hours at the Marlboro Music Festival with her family. At Holton Home, she sang with the chorus. She was a natural teacher, sharing her great love of nature and the world with students, family and friends. She enjoyed sewing, and made many quilts for friends and family members. She was a generous and helpful neighbor and friend.
She is survived by her sister, Terry Druke of Portland, CT; brothers, Bernard of Brattleboro, Edward of Newfane and John of Kirkville, NY.; her stepson, Gerard Dauphinais; as well as step grandchildren, Gerard Dauphinais, Jr., Kristin (Dauphinais) Foster, Kerrie (Dauphinais) Bushnell, Katie Dauphinais, and Robert, Elaine, and Sandra Wesson. She is also survived by many step great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Josef and Gertrude (Hickethier) Druke; stepsons, Gardener and Harvey; stepdaughter, Roberta Wesson; brothers, Arthur, Joseph, and Charles; and sisters, Gertrude, Sr. Elizabeth D.C., Sr. Mathilda, RSM, Frances, and Barbara.
The family would like to thank her devoted and loving caregivers, Linda Hastings, Maureen McNaughton, and the staff at Holton Home.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Memorial contribution may be made to Holton Home, 158 Western Avenue, Brattleboro, VT 05301.