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Pauline L. (Gagnon) Richard

Pauline L. (Gagnon) Richard, 83, of King Street, Peabody and formerly of Charlotte Road, Ipswich and Englewood FL, died Sunday, January 17, 2021 at the Lahey Medical Center, Burlington following her long illness. She was the former wife of the late Paul F. Richard, formerly of Ipswich.

Pauline was born in Salem on December 5, 1937, one of six children of the late Charles and Madeline Gagnon. She was raised in Salem and graduated from the Salem Vocational School in 1954.“Nanny” as she loved to be called by her fourteen adoring grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, led a full and beautiful life of caring, love and service to others. She was delightfully lighthearted and joyful and showed her love constantly with her sunny disposition. She selflessly and patiently raised seven children, which wasn’t always easy in a house with one shower! Her gardening and preserving skills, and daily homemade dinners with a homemade desserts were astonishing. Her dedication to her family was limitless and she eventually also managed a job she enjoyed at Cape Ann Market. Once all of her children were grown, she and her husband Paul divorced amicably.

Her desire to move to sunny Florida became a reality, but she returned every summer for weeks of treasured family reunion time spent dancing, singing, eating great food, and playing tunes on her bongo drums or spoons. She traveled to the four corners of this continent and beyond and always had a spark to explore and take in every fun, lively event possible. Her energy and zeal for life was contagious. While in Englewood FL, she was overjoyed with the lovely people she had the privilege of calling dear friends. Her time volunteering at The West Coast Church in the children’s ministry, bible studies, and in the theater productions, was so dear to her that she eventually excelled in the “Clowning for Christ” program which was perfect for her because she loved spreading joy and the word of Christ. Pauline’s deep love of Christ and the trust she placed in Him bubbled over in every aspect of her life. When she returned to Massachusetts to spend her later years close to family, her loving spirit uplifted everyone. She loved deeply and shared her love effortlessly.  She will be sorely missed, but all who love her have great peace knowing that she is finally in her much anticipated heavenly home with her arms open for all.

She is survived by three sons, Frederick of Salisbury, Tim and his wife Julie of Levant,  ME, Brian and his wife Lori of Ipswich; four daughters, Wendy Brigham and her  husband Paul of Alfred, ME, Amy Keenan and her husband Daniel of Palm Desert,  CA, Debra Richard and her wife Elizabeth Bowen of Mount Airy, GA, Donna Pellegrini  of Peabody; fourteen grandchildren, Stacey, Kristina, Timothy, Monica, Alexis,  Madelyn, Mathew, Derek, Amanda, Emma, Samantha, Michael, Brandon and  Brianna; seven great-grandchildren, Michael, Jacob, Lorelei, Althaia, Sequoia, Alexah and Cohen; a brother, Edward Gagnon of Salem; a sister, Claudette Kluge of Salem  and many nephews and nieces. She was the sister of the late Charles and Paul Gagnon both formerly of Salem and the late Joanne Lebrecque formerly of Salem.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Due to pandemic concerns, the visitation will be private. Her funeral service will be held graveside  St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem at a later date. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the American Liver Foundation https://liverfoundation.org/for-patients/donate-now/

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