Marie Alice Dolorez Godbout Macy – Shelburne

Marie Alice Dolorez Godbout Macy, 78, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2013, in her Wake Robin home in Shelburne. Beloved “Dee” is predeceased and now reunited with her three brothers, Paul, Gilles, and Andre; her mother, Simone; father, Pontien; and her aunt, Helen. She is survived by her three sons, John, Paul, and Bill; three daughters-in-law, Carol, Amy, and Suzanne; and eight grandchildren, Erin, Lauren, Katharine, Emma, Sarah, Luke, Siena, and Davis; as well as many nieces and nephews. Dee was born May 14, 1934, among the breathtaking landscapes of Quebec which inspired her appreciation of nature’s beauty. She turned her love of nature into art at the early age of 10, when her Saturday mornings were spent carving wood and painting in her school’s studio, now Notre Dame College. Her art practice paused temporarily while she concentrated on achieving her nursing degree from Royal Victorian Hospital, Montreal Neurological Institute, and McGill University. As a young nurse, she moved to New York to work as a neurosurgical assistant at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She married John Thomas Macy in 1962 and together they raised their family in Franklin Lakes, N.J. While in New Jersey, Dee was naturally drawn to the established Ridgewood Art Institute, where she painted, taught, and learned among other respected professionals. Dee traveled extensively, bringing the world’s beauty to life in her still life oil paintings by painting “en plein air” and in her studios. Her paintings have been showcased at galleries, art shows, art fairs, on the Internet, and are among the permanent collection at the Artists Association of Nantucket. In addition to art, Dee was a lifelong ski enthusiast, which she passed onto to her sons and their families. Dee had beautiful form on skis, always gliding with a perfect combination of strength and grace! Arriving into the United States in the 1950s, she was proud to live as a ski bum in Stowe. She returned to Stowe during the last decade, after living for several years on Nantucket Island. Dee lived an accomplished life despite struggles such as losing her mother at a young age and living with a lifelong, debilitating illness. She was a loving mother who spoke proudly of her three sons and of all their successes. She will be missed dearly by her family and many friends. A memorial service will be held on March 16, 2013, at 3 pm at the Wake Robin retirement community in Shelburne. Dee lived with Scleroderma for 40 years, which limited the full use of her hands. Despite this obstacle, she created delicate and intricate works of art, which is testament to the strength of her character. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Dee Macy to the Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Dr. Suite 105, Danvers, Mass. 01923 or online at www.scleroderma.org.

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