|Death: ||Dec. 21, 2010|
Devoted mother, grandmother; former science teacher
East Falmouth – Joan (Gibbs) d'Hedouville, 74, of East Falmouth, died on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at Brigham and Women's Hospital following a recent series of medical complications. She is the daughter of the late Wallace and T. Claire Gibbs.
During her 35 year tenure as an elementary and middle school teacher, Joan was awarded Massachusetts Science Teacher of the Year in 1989.
Joan loved boating, fishing, quahogging with her feet, creating container gardens, knitting and painting. She loved to travel abroad, volunteer at local community organizations and participate in book clubs. Drumming at Nokomis Beach sunsets and collecting shark teeth on Venice Beach were favorite Florida pastimes of hers.
She adored her seven grandchildren, Matthew and his wife, Emily Fronius of E. Falmouth; Kaylan Fronius and her partner, Clancy Heicher; and Trevor Fronius of Norwood; Shelby and Taylor d'Hedouville of E. Falmouth; Andrea and Nolan d'Hedouville of E. Falmouth and Joan's newest lineage, great-grandchild, Evelyn Mae Heicher. She cherished her Cocker Spaniel, Wally and late Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Caleb.
She is survived by her daughter, Denise and son-in-law Scott Fronius of Mashpee; son, Eric and daughter-in-law Michaela (DeMello) d'Hedouville of E. Falmouth; and son, Daniel d'Hedouville of E. Falmouth. She loved playing cards and going to Foxwoods with her brothers, Wallace Gibbs of Canton and Lloyd Gibbs of Foxboro.
Visitation hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010 at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Ave. at Route 151, Mashpee. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010 at Christ the King Church, 3 Jobs Fishing Rd., Mashpee followed by burial at Great Neck Woods Cemetery, Great Neck Rd. South, Mashpee.
She lived her life by the motto: Rely on Yourself.
Donations in her memory may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Great Neck Woods Cemetery
Created by: Carol Bestick
Record added: Dec 24, 2010
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