Cecile (Nadeau) Parent, age 87, of Indian Trail was given the gift of life in Riverside, NH on a date of her own choosing. Whether it was February 1st, or 2nd of 1934 is still up for debate. She took full advantage of both days each year to celebrate, noting that “One should grab every opportunity given”. This mantra will carry her through her life, from pursuing her master’s in education at Eastern Connecticut University in Willimantic, CT to traveling to every state minus Alaska (it’s way too cold up there). She grabbed every challenge that presented itself. Her loyal partner in travels, Antoine “Tony” Parent, joined her side in marriage on November 25th, 1967, and soon the real adventures began with the birth of their children Claire (Parent) Brundrett and Carlene Parent-Aniello. Her creative ventures continued with teaching in the Vernon Public School System for over 30 years. She was fond of dressing up as historical figures to teach her classes. Close to 2 generations of students came to love “Mrs. Parent”. When she retired in 1994 the school struggled to find someone who would fill her shoes with chaperoning the annual Washington DC trips and Medieval Festival for which she was known to lead. She embraced retirement with the spirit of a triple crown winning filly after the Preakness, and filled her time with Tai-Chi, pool club, tap dancing, ballroom dancing, painting, water aerobics and various game nights celebrated with her friends.
Her venturous spirit was highly infectious, often carrying others to join her in whatever escapade she had planned next. Yearly summer camping would involve as many family members as could fit in a campsite The entourage would arrive en masse to create a tapestry of love, joy, laughter, “creative” card games (it’s not cheating unless you get caught), and intense horseshoe competitions. As she would say all is fair in love, war, and a good card game. In her later years Cecile encouraged her grandchildren, Christopher Brundrett, Abigail Brundrett, Joseph Brundrett, and Ivy Aniello to follow her fearless ways. She supported them by wearing team colors as loudly as possible so they could see her from the arena floor.
Today, Cecile takes on her latest and greatest adventure. She joins Aimee Nadeau, Bella (Nadeau) Marchand , Alberta (Nadeau) Eker, Albert Nadeau, Lodien “Pete” Nadeau, Louis Nadeau, and Lucille (Nadeau) Jackson to be received by the Lord. Her devoted Tony Parent will welcome her there, to rejoice in their reunion in Heaven. She leaves behind her sister Doris (Nadeau) Marchand and her husband Robert, her brother Alexander “Alec” Nadeau and his wife Emeline, her children Claire Brundrett and her husband Robert and Carlene Parent-Aniello and her husband Michael, 4 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews to continue to weave amazing stories of her exploits for all those who love a good campfire tale of the free-spirited traveler with 2 birthdays.
Cecile's family will receive friends at Life and Legacy Funerals and Cremations on Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St Matthew Roman Catholic Church, 111 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084 on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 10:00 AM.
Charitable donations may be made to Island Women Inc, PO box 1212, Carolina Beach, NC 28428, Attn: Beach Bound Project or go to https://islandwomen.org/ Donations will go toward a beach wheelchair in Cecile’s honor for use by the public free of charge at Carolina Beach.
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Island Women Inc
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