Joan M. McEachern at 92

It is with great sadness that the family of Joan M. McEachern, 92, of Holliston, announce her passing.  She passed on from this earth Friday, October 28, 2022, to the good graces of God at the Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Natick. She was the loving and devoted wife of 52 years to Clinton P. McEachern, who predeceased her in 2020.  

Joan was born in Waterville, Maine on March 15, 1930, and was the daughter of the late Edesse (Guerrette) and Leon Dugal and one of fourteen children. She attended public schools in Winslow, Maine. Joan loved country music. In her teenage years, she and her sisters could be heard on the local radio station singing their favorite songs. Joan spent many years as a waitress in Maine. She was a favorite among patrons, who often requested her service and enjoyed her efficiency and quick wit. Although Joan retired to Massachusetts to be closer to two of her children, her love of her home state of Maine remained and she would return often to visit. Joan loved to travel and spent many winters, along with her husband Clint, in their favorite place, Las Vegas. She would often recollect other favorite trips to Spain and the Kasbah in Morocco.  Joan loved to bake, and was famous for her homemade whoopie pies, caramels, and peanut butter fudge.  Joan grew up in a devout Roman Catholic home and was herself very devoted to her faith and spirituality. 

Family was very important to Joan. She grew up in a large family and she enjoyed gathering with her siblings to play cards and tell stories. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. She especially cherished spending time with her grandchildren, whether gathering for holidays or special occasions or looking through “important papers.” Joan will be remembered as the most loving mother and grandmother, who was always there to take care of you with a home cooked meal and a special drink. Joan embodied a youthful spirit.  Many will remember her and her husband Clint joining the gym at the young 80 and 85.  Joan loved to laugh and often said laughter is what kept her young. Her playful ways and practical jokes will be missed by all who knew her! 

Joan is survived by her brother James Dugal of Benton Maine; five children, Scott McEachern of Bowdoin, ME, Debora Pendexter and her husband, Curtis of China, ME, Clinton “Chuck” McEachern of Waterville, ME, Mark McEachern and his wife, Agatha of Holliston, and Brenda Bernard and her husband, Steve of Holliston. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Ian McEachern, Jodi Beckwith, Amy Bryant, Erica McEachern, Ashley McEachern, Aidan and Gavin McEachern, Nicholas, William and Danny Bernard; eight great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband Clinton McEachern and her first husband, John Dunphy; her siblings Lorenzo, Alyre, Alfred, Robert, Richard, Johnny, Adrienne Jones, Irene Fortin, Emelienne Reny, Germaine Hachey, Connie Pelletier, and Theresa Muzzerole; her son, Michael McEachern and granddaughter, Scarlett McEachern.  

At this time no memorial services will be held.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date and interment will take place at the Veterans Cemetery in Augusta, Maine. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com 

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