OBITUARY: Marguerite Imelda (Beauregard) Tucker, 90

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Marguerite Imelda (Beauregard) Tucker, age 90, a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2021.

Marguerite was born in Woonsocket, RI on February 18, 1931; she was the dear daughter of the late Arthur Beauregard of Woonsocket, RI and late Blanche (Sevigny) Beauregard of West Warwick, RI. She was raised in Woonsocket and Cumberland Hills, RI; and attended the Rhode Island School for the Deaf (RISD) on Hope Street in Providence, RI and was a member of the Class of 1950.

Marguerite played basketball for RISD when the girls’ game was six-on-six basketball. Teams had six players each instead of five, with three forwards and three guards. The forwards must stay in their frontcourt and the guards must stay in the backcourt. Her individual and team statistics unfortunately were not preserved; but she was very proud when her granddaughter Claire Tucker played on the United States Deaf Women National Basketball Team that won the gold medal at the 2013 Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria.

In 1954, Marguerite married the “love of her life” Donald S. Tucker; the couple moved to Worcester, MA, Springfield, MA, Agawam, MA, and then Wilmington, MA (1964) where they raised their family. Marguerite was a very devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Marguerite was known to be a woman of great faith and great love; she was a member of St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Wilmington, MA and Sacred Heart Church in Newton, MA for many years.

Marguerite was an active participant in the Deaf Civil Rights movement during the 1960’s and 1970’s which pushed for recognition of American Sign Language, sign language interpreters, telecommunications for Deaf individuals, and closed captions for television programs.

Marguerite was an artist with extraordinary talents in sewing, quilting, stenciling, watercolor painting, sketching, and crafts. She sometimes held booths to sell home-made items at craft fairs. One of her favorite memories was sewing wedding dresses for family members and friends. She also painted “The Last Supper” in watercolor during her younger days but this painting was given to a friend and she never saw it again. She also loved baking, especially pastries. She also was an avid cross-country skier and often went to ski in New Hampshire with her friends. She was a long time member of the “Deaf Tree” investment club, and it is probably the first Deaf women investment club in the United States.

Marguerite volunteered at the Alumni Association of the Rhode Island School for the Deaf, Sacred Heart Church in Newton, MA, the New England Homes for the Deaf in Danvers, MA, and The Learning Center For the Deaf in Framingham, MA. Marguerite will forever be missed by those who knew and loved her.

Marguerite was the beloved wife of late Donald S. Tucker of Wilmington, devoted mother of Stephen G. Tucker of Wilmington, MA, James E. Tucker of Middletown, MD and Mary Jean Tucker of Swampscott, MA, and loving grandmother of Bradford Tucker of Frederick, MD and Claire Tucker of Rochester, NY. Cherished daughter of the late Arthur and Blanche (Sevigny) Beauregard, dear sister of the Gerard G. Beauregard and his first late wife Irene (Chasse) Beauregard and his second late wife Therese E. (Bolduc) Bea, and late Jeannine (Beauregard) Fortin and her late husband Rene E. Fortin. Marguerite was also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Saturday, September 25, 2021 for Visitation from 10:00-11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Marguerite’s memory may be made to “Deaf Apostolate” at Deaf Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Boston, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184; or to the New England Homes for the Deaf, 154 Water St., Danvers, MA 01923, nehd.org.

Marguerite Imelda (Beauregard) Tucker

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