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Pauline I. (Gignac) ColbyJuly 22, 1925 ~ July 2, 2017 (age 91)
Pauline Irene Gignac LaPlante Colby
Pauline Colby, 91, wife of the late Charles J. Colby of Franklin, NH, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 2nd, 2017, in Sparks, Nevada after a brief illness. Pauline was a strong woman who was loved and admired by those who knew her. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She will be missed greatly, especially by her children who are grateful for the love she had for them and the values that she instilled in them.
Born on July 22, 1925 in Franklin, NH, she was the daughter of William Gignac and Eva (Audy) Gignac. She called Franklin, her hometown and resided there for most of her life. After being evacuated from the Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay during the Cuban Missile Crisis with three toddlers (all boys, even), Franklin had a certain small town appeal.
Pauline instilled a love of nature in her children in many ways, including cross country skiing, being an avid fisherwoman, gardening, bottle digging, combing the beach for treasures, canning her own raspberries and blueberries, and climbing mountains.
She retired from New England Telephone and Telegraph after 40 years of service. During her retirement, she opened an ice cream shoppe, helped her husband Charlie run his taxi business (Rennie’s Taxi) and worked at various other jobs to help friends. She enjoyed giving back to her hometown. She served on the Franklin City Council for 3 terms (1991-1994 and 1997-2006) and on the City of Franklin Planning Board from 1990-1994. While serving on the City Council, she received a “Dalmatian Award” for voluntarily painting 247 city fire hydrants (she missed only two!), many of them hadn’t been painted in 20 years.
Pauline was preceded in death by her first husband, Maurice Albert LaPlante, her second husband, Charles Joseph Colby, one son, Jason Peter LaPlante and all of her brothers and her sister.
She is survived by two sons David Maurice LaPlante (Kristine) of Sparks, Nevada and Jonathan Mark LaPlante of Apache Junction, Arizona, her daughter, Melissa Moroni (Rodger Boggs) of Denver, Colorado; and her grandchildren including Zachary Moroni of Brooklyn, NY, Cade and Angelina LaPlante of Sparks, NV and Jordan Borjas of CA.
Calling hours will be on Thursday, August 3rd from 4pm to 6pm at the William F. Smart Funeral Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) in Tilton. Interment takes place on Friday, August 4th at 11am at the Franklin Cemetery. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Infinity Hospice Care for their wonderful support in her final days. We will always carry Mom’s memory in our hearts.