Barbara M. Deslaurier


SOUTH BURLINGTON- Barbara M. (Hanscom) Deslaurier, 90,  died December 26.  She was born May 23,1929 in Revere, MA, the daughter of Moses and Edith (Dunsmore) Hanscom.
Mrs. Deslaurier grew up and was educated in Norwood, MA.  She married Lionel Deslaurier on October 9, 1949, at St. Edwards Rectory in Brockton, MA.  They lived in So. Weymouth, MA, until moving to Bolton, in 1967 and then to South Burlington in 1987.  They owned and operated the A&W on Pearl Street in  Essex Junction from 1968 to 1983.
Mrs. Deslaurier said this about herself: “I have been truly blessed!   I grew up in a large family and I’ll leave this earth within the arms of love of my own large family.  I am so fortunate to have reached the goals and dreams I set for myself as a girl of 11 or 12. I wanted to be married to my Prince Charming – I was!!  I wanted to have children – I did!! I wanted to make a good home for my family and I did!! We have raised five terrific kids, who are now all married, and who have brought so much joy to my life.  Our home has been blessed with kids, grand, great-grand, and now great-great-grands. I have taken pride in trying to be a good wife, Mum, Grammy, Great-Grammy, and Great-Great-Grammy. I’ve had so much fun cooking meals, writing letters, doing crossword puzzles, keeping faith with my Boston Red Sox, travels with Lionel, and our family.” 
She was the mother of five children and their spouses: Wayne Deslaurier and his wife Kim (Fertick), of Wilmington, NC; Craig Deslaurier and his wife Muffy (Estey), of South Burlington; Michele (Deslaurier) and her husband Britt Cummings, of Oro Valley, AZ; Denise (Deslaurier) and her husband Glenn Lavigne, of Milton; and Linda (Deslaurier) and her husband Leon Corse, of Whitingham. 
She was “Grammy” to 16: Julie (Deslaurier) Coulombe; Patricia (Deslaurier) and her husband Brien Reeve; Spartacus Deslaurier and his wife Laura (Adams); Beth (Deslaurier) and her husband Jon Champlin; Dana Cummings and his wife Kristin (Bair-Cummings); April (Cummings) and her husband Matthew Jolley; Lauren (Cummings) and her husband Aaron Cornelius; Erica (Cummings) and her husband Ben Cowley; Kathryn (Cummings) and her husband Don March; Jennifer Cummings; Nathaniel Cummings; Forrester Lavigne; Adam Lavigne; Abbie (Corse) and her husband David Powell; Caleb Corse and his wife Lindsay (Christiansen); and Henry Corse and his wife Allie (Schaffer). 
She was “Great-Grammy” to 29 and spouses: Kristina (Coulombe) and her husband Sam Myers; Michelle Coulombe; Eros Deslaurier; Winter Deslaurier; Colln Reeve, Amber Reeve, August Champlin, Reid Champlin, Milo Champlin, Mica Cummings, Skylar Cummings, Matthew Jolley and his wife Hailey (Pingree); Cody Jolley and his wife Hannon (Young); Sierra (Jolley) and her husband Johnathan Ford; Emma (Jolley) and Ben Somaini, Mary Lou Jolley, Sophie Cornelius, Benjamin Cornelius, Jacob Cornelius, Noah Cornelius, Truxton Cowley, Jocelyn Cowley, Miriam March, Seth March, Grey Powel, Elias Powel, Nikolai Powel, Isabella Corse, and two foster great-grandchildren, Emily and Levi. 
She was “Great-Great-Grammy” to  Matthew Daniel (MD), Zander, Maeve, Henry, and Abrielle.
She was preceded in death  by her brothers William, Ernest, and Elmer and their spouses; and by her sisters Eleanor, Alice, Lillian, and Isabel and their spouses.  She is survived by her brother Howard Hanscom and his wife Joanne (Thayer); and her sister Edith Packer. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Lucille Maroon.
The family would like to acknowledge and thank the staff at Allenwood for all the care that they have given her and Lionel while they lived there.  They would also like to acknowledge and thank Father Pat, Father Tim, and Father Steve of the R.C. Diocese of Burlington and the many medical professionals who have cared for her through the years. 
A Liturgy of the Word service was held on Tuesday, December 31, at St. John Vianney Church. Donations in her memory may be made to Camp Ta Kum TA, 77 Sunset View Road, South Hero, VT 05486 or the McClure Miller Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, VT 05446.
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