LIVERMORE — Ruphelle Lambert Turcotte, 86, a resident of Gibbs Mill Road, Livermore, died peacefully Saturday, Jan. 19, at her home, surrounded by her loving family, following a brief illness.
She was born April 2, 1926, in West Farmington, the oldest of six children of Harry G. Lambert and Ruth E. (Staples) Lambert. She was a 1944 graduate of Farmington High School. Following high school, Ruphelle attended home interior school in New York City.
On Nov. 2, 1946, she married her husband of 57 years, Eugene Turcotte; he passed away April 17, 2004. She was previously married to Howard S. Jackson for two years.
She worked at Diamond Match Factory in East Peru, the Box Factory in Farmington and packed apples for Oscar Turner in Brettuns (Livermore). She and Eugene grew, harvested and sold raspberries for more than 30 years and enjoyed delivering them throughout the state.
Ruphelle later devoted her life to her family and being active in the community. She was a member of the North Livermore Baptist Church, volunteered in the Livermore Elementary School cafeteria and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Frank L. Mitchell VFW Post No. 3335 in Jay. When Ruphelle was younger, she played the violin and also delivered Sun Journal newspapers.
She absolutely loved playing cribbage, enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, canning, reading, music and dancing (she even took a belly dancing class in the '80s), going to the VFW on Friday nights for supper and entertainment, flower gardening, watching the birds, listening to the wind blow, traveling, going for rides, eating out, visits, jokes, laughter, storytelling, interior design, television shows, especially “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy,” dressing to the nines, and the wind in her hair, gatherings at her home, or anywhere for that matter. She had immense pride in her home, but most of all in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her two sons, Howard D. Jackson and his wife, Leita, of New Vineyard; Tim Turcotte and his wife, Brenda, of Livermore; her daughter, Alta Turcotte Martin and her husband, Orrin, of Jay; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Jane Bruneau of Madison.
She was predeceased by her son, Leroy “Skeet” Turcotte; her companion, Paul Hooper; her daughter, Rebecca Turcotte; her brothers, Elvin, Eugene and Arthur Lambert; and her sister, Estelle Collins.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Sandy River Center, Franklin Memorial Hospital, the Veterans Administration in Togus, Beacon Hospice and the 12 caregivers, consisting of family, friends and neighbors, that rotated their time to give her 24-hour care and made it possible for her to stay at home. Also a special thank-you to Jonny Hayes; she was a tremendous help in her final days.
Messages of condolence may be sent to www.finleyfuneralhome.com.