Loraine M. BruléJanuary 25,2013
Loraine M. Brulé
BERLIN — Loraine Marie (Laird) Brulé, 83, of Barre, passed away peacefully with her family at her side Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Woodridge Rehab and Nursing Center in Berlin, after a lengthy illness.
Loraine was born July 9, 1929, in Montpelier, to the late Clyde and Nettie (Getchel) Laird. She attended Montpelier public schools and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1946. She married the late Maurice N. Brulé from Graniteville on Nov. 26, 1949, and remained in the Barre-Montpelier area throughout her life.
She is survived by her four children, Ronald N. Brulé, of Barre, Joanne S. Warner and her husband, Douglas, of Lowell, Maurice Normand Brulé Jr. and his wife, Katie, of Wilmington, Mass., and Lisa A. (Brulé) Ash and her husband, James, of Barre.
Loraine is also survived by her siblings Dorothy Lucille (Laird) Cayia, Harold Loren Laird and Betty Jean (Laird) Bell. She is also survived by her 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her siblings Rachel Laird, Phyllis R. (Laird) Maranville, Elva (Laird) Gallison, Kyle S. Ladd, Raymond A. Ladd and Kenneth N. Ladd.
She was known for her sense of humor, her baked beans and her quick wit. Most of all, she was known for putting others before herself, and for being an encouragement to everyone who knew her. She was an eternal optimist. Her cup was always half full, never half empty. She was always there for her family and many friends who could count on her for encouragement and help at any hour of the day or night.
Loraine was employed by Vermont Dental Care during the 1970s as a dental assistant and helped to provide dental care via mobile clinics to Head Start children throughout the state. Later, she worked for the federal government as a case manager for the Federal Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Program, where she was able to travel throughout the state and the country to ensure safe and fair working conditions for migrant farmworkers and their families. After retiring, she continued to advocate for residents of central Vermont, first by working part time for Washington County Mental Health Services, and by serving several years as president of the North Barre Manor Tenants Association, where she lived.
Loraine was an excellent swimmer and enjoyed camping, fishing and traveling. She loved to sew and enjoyed making dresses and Raggedy Ann dolls for many of her grandchildren. She was an honorary member of the Underhill Fife and Drum Corps. While with them, she created wonderful hand-sewn wool Revolutionary War dolls, one of which remains on display at the Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was an avid reader and music lover. One of her greatest pleasures was to be surrounded by her grandchildren at Christmas time singing carols. She was also very involved with her church and was considered a “pillar of faith” by her pastor. She was an inspiration to her congregation, especially the young people, many of whom she adopted as her own grandchildren.
Loraine has donated her body to the University of Vermont through the anatomical gift program. A memorial service to be held at a later date will be announced.
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