DOVER- (Jaqueline) Muriel Wallaert, 74, died peacefully in her home surrounded by family on September 13. Mrs. Wallaert’s death comes after a near two-year battle with pancreatic cancer, which she fought with unsurpassed courage and determination.
Mrs. Wallaert was born in Lille, France, on April 20, 1946, to Patrick and Jaqueline Motte. She was raised there and, after meeting the love of her life, Nicolas, eventually moved with him to Cape Town, South Africa where they lived for 10 years before relocating to Short Hills, NJ. Mr. and Mrs. Wallaert raised their three children there before eventually retiring to a quieter way of living in East Dover, where Muriel made their dream farmhouse one of the most welcoming and relaxing homes for the family to gather in.
Mrs. Wallaert is survived by her husband of 51 years, Nicolas Wallaert; her children and their spouses, Agathe and Bill Hoos, Thibaud and Stephanie Wallaert, and Gautier and Jessie Wallaert; her three siblings Florence, Pascale, and Jerome; and seven grandchildren, Olivia, Emma, Henry, Isla, Avery, Sloane, and Jack. Her greatest pride was her family and she cherished every moment spent with them. She will be remembered by her children for her impassioned loyalty and fierce love of Nicolas; for her gift of cooking; and for her ability to do all things well, from sewing to performing odd jobs around the house and playing Scrabble. She will be remembered by her grandchildren for the calm of her warm home; her beautiful French accent; her love of shopping with them; and for her extensive arts and crafts collection, which she graciously shared. She will be remembered by all for her contagious smile, her tenacity, and her courage, and for her commitment to saving all of life’s treasures, the exploration of which will offer those who loved her much comfort and nostalgia forever.
A memorial service is planned for the summer of 2021. Memorial contributions can be made on her behalf to Grace Cottage, 185 Grafton Road, Townshend, VT 05353.