2017-12-08 / Obituaries

Paula France

Paula France, 62, passed away on Monday Nov. 20, 2017 at home.

She was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, on July 28, 1955 the daughter of Harold and Florence France.

She grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey, and attended William Smith College and Boston University. She came to Kennebunkport in 1977 and graduated from the Downeast School of Massage in Waldoboro in 1985.

In 2013 she married her partner, Pierre Patenaude, a well-known area artist and craftsman. She joined the professional team at the Riverbend Wellness Center in 2012.

She built a practice in integrative bodywork with focus on the lymphatic system over 30 years. Throughout her life she was a dedicated student of the body committed to a continued exploration and profound understanding of the question: How fully can we experience embodiment?

Paula taught massage and developed her skills attending many continuum bodywork workshops around the country. Over many years she volunteered in area hospitals, for the Turning the Tide Ovarian Retreat and Hospice of Southern Maine, Gosnell Memorial House in Scarborough. She worked as a team member at the Cancer Care Program at Southern Maine Medical Center from 2007 to 2012.

Memorial donations may be made in her name to Hospice of Southern Maine, www.hospiceofsouthernmaine.org/give and to Beth C Wright Cancer Center, Turning the Tide Ovarian Retreat, P.O. Box 322, Ellsworth, ME 04605.

She is survived by her husband, Pierre Patenaude, siblings, Caren France McKelvy, Leslie France Patterson and Harold France, brothers-in-law Kevin McKelvy and Frank Patterson, stepmother Elinor France, niece, Lyric France McKelvy, nephew, Oscar France Patterson, aunts and uncle, Caroline Paparozzi, Paul and Elizabeth DeRosa, stepdaughter and granddaughter, Veruschka and Eva Belly Boespflug, and many cousins and many friends.

A memorial gathering will be held at the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust at 57 Gravelly Brook Road in Kennebunkport on Jan. 6, 2018 at 1 p.m.

The gathering is open to the public.

Paula France will be remembered as an extraordinary listener, a gentle person who cared deeply for others and who loved beauty in all its forms.

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