Karine Parrish Marchand
Karine Parrish Marchand, 34, of Alton, NH passed away on Wednesday, March 01, 2017. Karine was born Nov. 25, 1982, in Brockton, MA and moved to Alton, NH when she was 12 and was a graduate of Alton High School. She was predeceased by her father Richard Marchand of Fall River in 1992. She is survived by her mother and stepfather Susan and John McPhee of Alton, NH; her brother Richard Marchand II and wife Susan of Plymouth, MA; her two sisters Kristina Pelletier and her husband Donald of Farmington, NH; Traci Duhamel and husband Jim of East Bridgewater, MA; and her uncle Tim Parrish and wife Jane of Buzzards Bay, MA; as well as many nieces and nephews and extended family in MA and NH.
Karine was not one to do something by traditional terms. She lived her life her way, on her own terms, and never passed up the opportunity to experience something new. Fear was not in her vocabulary and she lived life to the fullest. She was not afraid to pack up everything in a moments notice and move to some place new. If it sounded exciting it sounded good to her. It was even more enticing if it was warm and tropical.
When it came to her family there wasn’t anything that meant more to her than them. You knew when Karine was around because she had a laugh that was contagious and could make a gloomy day bright. She had an uncanny knack to get a laugh out of you even when you didn’t want to. Words can’t explain how she did it but if she put her mind to it you were going to laugh whether you wanted to or not.
She had a love for the coast and if she was at the beach or near the ocean she was truly in her happy place, unless of course her nieces and nephews were around. Then she was truly happy. She loved her siblings but she loved their kids more than them and wasn’t afraid to make that clear. She would spend the night eating all the leftovers while everyone else was sleeping and then you would find her in bed in the morning snuggling with the little ones. The only thing she couldn’t do was say no to her nieces and nephews. They were her life and she would do anything for them without question or hesitation.
Karine was a beautiful person both inside and out, she was also a pain in the butt, but it was worth the price of admission to be around her and hear the stories of her latest adventure. Whether it be late nights hanging around the island in the kitchen listening to the latest tale or sitting around the table laughing uncontrollably Karine was the center of attention and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
People were drawn to her in a way you can’t put into words. Whether it be complete strangers offering to carry her bags or lifelong friends driving long distances to give her a ride wherever she wanted to go, there was always someone willing to help Karine get where she was going. We can’t explain why they were drawn to her but one can only surmise people were drawn to the warmth emanating from her huge bright smile as her care free spirit left a trail behind her as she floated down whatever path she was on.
Karine will surely be missed greatly but she lived life on her terms always joking she would never grow old. She may not have grown old but she will live on forever in the hearts and minds of all those who loved her. She was always the brightest light in the room and today the room is a little darker. We love you and know your family and friends have gained another guardian angel. Godspeed to you on your latest adventure and while you are at it give Bocce a hug for us.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Mar. 18, at the Nute Ridge Bible Chapel at 100 Nutes Road, Milton, NH 03851. Directions to Nute Ridge Bible Chapel can be found at http://www.nute-chapel.org under the contact us section of the website.
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