FRANKLIN – Grace “Ellie” Fournier, age 69, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at her home in Franklin.

She was born June 10, 1948 in St. Albans to the late Robert and Phyllis (King) Waterhouse.

Ellie graduated from Richford High School in 1966 and married Roger Fournier on June 18th of that same year.

They lived in Berkshire and Derby for a short time before buying the farm in 1968 on Pigeon Hill Road in Franklin. She would wake up early each morning and head to the barn to milk the cows, then she would be off to work in the field or wherever she was needed for the day, and then back to the cows for the evening milking. Somewhere in between, she would make sure the house was clean, meals were prepared and the bills were paid. Despite the long days running the farm with Roger, she found time to sew the kids a new dress, teach them how to drive, bring them to the rink for roller skating or to the “front of the lake” for a late night swim after chores. Ellie also taught them how to make the best homemade bread and peanut butter fudge! She also loved to waitress at her sister Carey’s dinner. Ellie’s home was always warm and welcoming and she cherished the time spent with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Roger Fournier of Franklin; their children, Grace “Rena” Menard and her husband Gary of St. Charles, Mo., Judi Rainville and her husband John of Franklin, Emily Clough and her husband Chad of West Hartford, Vt. and R.J. Fournier and his wife Dawn of Franklin; grandchildren, Selena and her husband Matthew, Maria and her fiancé Brice, Jake, Lexa, Haley, Sadie, Luc, Keeleigh, Logan, Lillianna and Ben; her siblings, Carey Hemond of Richford, John Waterhouse of Berkshire, Kim Waterhouse and his wife Sharon of Lewiston, Idaho, Mark Waterhouse and his wife Sharon of Richford; a very special god daughter, Diane (Brown) Bean and her family; her very special friend Connie Ladieu and several nieces, nephews and close friends. Besides her parents, Grace was predeceased by a sister-in-law, Debbie Waterhouse.

Ellie’s family would like to give a special thank you to all her caregivers that helped keep her at home over the past several years.

A funeral service will be Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 12 p.m. at the Fournier Farm, 1001 Pigeon Hill Rd., Franklin, VT with Pastor Patrick Hoadley officiating. Interment will follow on the farm. Visitation will be held at the farm from 10:30 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Friends are invited to join the family for a pot-luck dinner at the farm immediately following the burial.

For those who wish, contributions in Ellie’s memory may be made to Franklin Fire Department, P.O. Box 172, Franklin, VT 05457.

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