Obituary: Madeline Beaucage, 91, of Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. —Madeline Beaucage, 91, of Portsmouth passed away surrounded by family in their home May 19, 2018.

Madeline was born in Auburn, Maine, the seventh child of James and Vesta (Dunlop) Goding.  She grew up on a farm in rural Maine.  She moved to Springfield, Massachusetts before a move to Portsmouth in 1969.  Madeline worked in retail for many years before beginning Cat’s Home Companion, one of the first businesses of its kind providing in-home cat care. She was an award-winning gardener and floral arranger as well as an avid photographer. She was passionate about cats, gardening, and her community.

Included in her many contributions to the community, Madeline was past President of the Portsmouth Garden Club and Chapter 869 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) as well as being an active member of the Portsmouth Historical Society, and, in the 1970s, the Portsmouth High School Band Boosters. Madeline took a leadership role in the early efforts to restore the Brown House at the Glen in Portsmouth.

Madeline is survived by her son, Gregory Beaucage, of Cincinnati, Ohio, his wife, Jean, and their three children; her son-in-law, Richard Bushey of Weymouth, Massachusetts; her daughter-in-law, Lee; nieces and nephews. She also leaves many cherished friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Robert; her son, Ronald; her daughter, Cheryl Bushey; her brothers, Garfield and Elmer (Bud) Goding; and sisters Vera Pickle, Flora Bragdon, Evelyn Wyman, and Mary Kyes; her cousin, Lin Pickle, and other treasured friends and relatives.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. August 14th, with visitation at 10:00 a.m. in the narthex at St. Anthony Church in Portsmouth. Burial will follow at Trinity Cemetery.

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