Yvette Theresa (Chicoine) Gregoire of Mashpee, 96, died at home on November 18.
She was the widow of Leo W. Gregoire. They were married for 62 years.
The daughter of Osias and Beatrice Chicoine, she was born and raised in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. She graduated from St. Claire High School.
Soon after their marriage, she and her husband moved to Cape Cod, and they raised their family in the Town of Barnstable. Later, the couple settled in Mashpee.
Ms. Gregoire worked at Guertin’s Jewelers in Hyannis, the Dolphin Restaurant in Barnstable, and the Barnstable County Registry of Deeds, where she remained for 17 years until her retirement in 1993.
Over the years she served as a volunteer for the Cape Cancer Thrift Shop in Barnstable and the Friends of the Mashpee Council on Aging Thrift Shop.
She also participated in MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), Cotuit chapter. She and her husband were selected to represent the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in an international MADD “Journey to Hope” candlelight vigil in Washington, DC, in December 1997. The theme was chosen to remind surviving victims that although their experiences may be devastating, they can begin to heal by sharing their stories.
Ms. Gregoire became involved with the organization after her daughter, Suzanne C. Shaughnessy, was killed by a drunk driver two years earlier. She died at the age of 48, on the day before her father’s birthday. In an interview with the Enterprise following the vigil, Ms. Gregoire said the experience in Washington helped her come to terms with the loss of her daughter and that it “was very uplifting to share the stories with people from other states.”
She was a member of Our Lady of Victory Church in Centerville.
Ms. Gregoire also enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and for large groups, especially during the holidays.
She leaves five children, Clarice G. James and her husband, David James, of Hudson, New Hampshire, Frank G. Gregoire and his wife, Linda Gregoire, of Yarmouthport, Leo C. Gregoire and his wife, Priscilla Gregoire, of Barnstable, Marc R. Gregoire of Mashpee, and David G. Gregoire and his wife, Kristen Gregoire, of Bourne; and her former daughter-in-law, Kelly Gregoire of Mashpee, who helped care for her so she could remain at home during the last few years of her life.
Ms. Gregoire also leaves 18 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a brother, Francis Chicoine of Port St. Lucie, Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and daughter, she was predeceased by two siblings, Normand Chicoine and Constance Sak.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, December 7, at 11:30 AM at Our Lady of Victory Church, 230 South Main Street in Centerville.