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Beatrice A. Robbins
MEDWAY, MA - Beatrice A. Robbins, 68, a special child of God, of Holliston St., Medway, MA passed from this life to eternal rest on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 in the Milford Regional Medical Center surrounded by family and her loving caregivers of over 30 years. She was born in Blackstone, MA to Earl E. Robbins, Sr. and Madeline (Dorrington) Robbins, the youngest of eight beloved children.
Bea is survived by her sister Marie and her husband Normand Girard of Blackstone, MA; her sister Jeanne A. and her husband Harold D. Gould, Jr. of Whitinsville, MA; her sister Barbara A. Gautreau of Bellingham, MA; her brother, William A. Robbins and his wife Paula of Adamsville, AL; her brother, Joseph Robbins and his wife Bette of Naples, FL; her sister-in-law, Claire Robbins of Georgia; and her beloved house mates, Ralph, Annie and Johanna.
She was predeceased by her parents, her brother, Earl E. Robbins, Jr., her brother James W. Robbins and sister-in-law Marjorie, her brother-in-law Oscar P. Gautreau, her nephew, Normand Girard, Jr. and her house mate of 25 years, Tom Swenson.
Bea was the aunt to 10 nephews, 11 nieces, 10 grand-nephews, 15 grand-nieces, 3 great grand-nephews and 12 great-grand nieces.
The most fortunate day is Bea's life was the day that Michael Moloney brought his vision of a better life for the mentally and physically challenged to fruition with the establishment of the Horace Mann Educational Associates group home system and invited Bea to become one of its first residents. For the last 30 years, Bea has been cared for in a wonderful and loving home by caring and dedicated caregivers Luanne Sherman, Paul Waterhouse, Maria DeJesus, Anne Carine, Betty Smith, Marie Barthelemy, Adydy Ukphong, Theo Onwe, Kaley Degrange, Sue St. Onge, Dave Carlson, Josie Roman and Jennifer Forsberg, RN. She has been supported by area supervisor Kerry Figuerido, Supervisor Trish Lee, Coordinator Kelly Dunphy, Residential Supervisor Sue DeBlois and her devoted medical coordinator Phyllis Schoof, LPN, and a myriad of HMEA staff members who have been devoted to her well-being over the past few decades.
One of Bea's strongest advocates through the years has been Susan Tracy, her service coordinator for DDS and her successor, Trish Lee. All of these loving friends have become Bea's second family.
A third family supported Bea: the staff of Alternatives Unlimited Day Program, under the devoted supervision of Remke Remmelts, assisted by Dawn Thiebault and Cheryl Belleville, filled her days with joy and happiness and meaning at the Whitinsville and Hopedale facilities.
Through many years of severe disabilities, Bea remained an active participant in many community activities. She was a loving and beloved woman who always won over everyone she met with her beautiful blue eyes, her contagious smile and her ability to melt even a stranger's heart. She was a happy, outgoing individual whose most cherished moments were when she had a hand to hold, a magazine to read, a puzzle to make, or an animal to pet and cuddle. She loved her Red Sox and Patriots, and a good lobster dinner, especially when it was fresh from the ocean in Maine where she enjoyed many vacations. Bea's family will be forever grateful to the wonderful friends at HMEA and Alternatives Unlimited who brought such happiness and adventure to her life.
The family will welcome her HMEA and Alternative friends at the Holt Funeral Home, 510 S. Main St., Woonsocket, RI on Monday, August 25, 2014 from 4 - 6 P.M., followed by time with her extended family and friends from 6 - 8 P.M. that evening. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, August 26th in St. Paul's Church, St. Paul St., Blackstone, MA at 11:30 A.M. Burial will follow in Blackstone, Cemetery.
To commemorate Bea's loving and giving nature, her family requests that in lieu of flowers donations in her name be made to HMEA, 8 Forge Park East, Franklin, MA 02038 or to Alternatives Unlimited, 50 Douglas Rd., Whitinsville, MA 01588. www.holtfuneralhome.com