Faith was the foundation of Arceila's Gregoire’s life. For all of her 98 years Arceila “Celia”, to those close to her, had her faith as her guiding light, the true anchor along her life’s journey. Her faith would guide her actions for almost a century and be the bedrock of a holy and beautiful lady.
Arcelia M. Gregoire, 98, of Woonsocket died peacefully Tuesday morning February 16, 2021 at the Ballou Home in Woonsocket. She passed on Mardi Gras, the very day before the beginning of the Lenten journey, a journey Arcelia knew well.
Born in St. Louis de Bon Secours, P.Q., Canada she was daughter of the late Alexandre and Amanda (Vandal) Pincince. She spent her early years in Canada before coming to the United States and settling in Woonsocket with her family. She remained a proud lifelong Woonsocket resident. In her early years she was employed in the local textile industry. She also worked for Arthur Dorma company.
Precious Blood Church was Arcelia’s second home, truly her refuge. It was there she was married to her late husband Albert A. Gregoire on September 8, 1945. They shared over 66 wonderful years together completely devoted to their church, family and each other. Arcelia was a longtime active parishioner of Precious Blood Parish. She gave of her time and talent in numerous capacities to the parish over the course of many decades. Arcelia and Albert were honored to be the first recipients of the Msgr. Charles C. Dauray Award, an award presented to those who exhibited devotion and service to Precious Blood Parish.
Arcelia was a member of the St. Louis and St. Joseph senior citizens clubs, the Golden Hearts Club and the Royal Travelers. Arcelia was always up for “trying her luck” at local gaming venues by participating in games of chance. Far and away one of Arcelia’s favorites pastimes was Friday night bingo at Precious Blood Church hall, for that filled her fun for the week and helped support the church, a true “two-for” in Celia’s book, talk about killing two birds with one bingo marker! Arcelia was a talented seamstress, was very adept at knitting and crocheting and created all kinds of decorative crafts.
Arcelia will be remembered as a gentle and loving person. She always maintained a happy and positive outlook on life. Her joyful disposition was derived from her belief in the presence of God in everyone she met. Celia just loved being with her family and friends and had a beautiful smile.
Arcelia was the mother of the late Sr. Paulette Marie Gregoire, RJM who passed away in August 1999. She was the sister of the late Noel, Romeo, Elphege and Napoleon Pincince and Louisette Dion. She is also survived by her extend family of many nieces and nephews and their families. Her two special nieces Dawn Cote and Debra Scarboro provided loving care to their aunt for many years.
Arcelia’s funeral will be Monday at 9:00 am from the Menard-Lacouture Funeral Home, 127 Carrington Ave. Woonsocket followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in Precious Blood Church, Carrington Ave. Woonsocket. Burial will follow in St. Jean Baptiste Cemetery, Bellingham. Visiting hours are Sunday from 1-4 pm.
For those who wish to pay their respects to Arcelia but are not comfortable attending public visitation the funeral home will remain open on Sunday until 9:00 pm. You will be able to come into the funeral home to pay your respects to her without any other visitors present.
In lieu of flowers Arceila expressed her wishes for memorial donations on her behalf to be made to Precious Blood Parish c/o Parish Office 34 Joffre Ave. Woonsocket, RI. 02895.