Ann Marie Coulson, 89, formerly of
Berlin and South Hadley, Massachusetts,
died Friday, March 14, 2014, at The Pines Rehabilitation and Health Center in
in Marlborough, Massachusetts on April 24, 1924, the younger daughter of Ernest
B. & Ruth M. (Cook) Coulson, she had lived in the family home on Linden
Street for the first 80 years of her life with the exception of a period during
WWII when she served as a mail clerk in the WAVES in Maryland. Ann Marie was a bookkeeper at Braga Shoe
Company for 17 years until the company closed. She then worked as a bookkeeper
at the Hudson National Bank for 22 years. After retirement, she occasionally
traveled with her sister Thora and Arthur. When home, she enjoyed the company
of her many friends in Berlin and Hudson.
2003, Ann Marie moved with her sister, Thora, and her husband Arthur Fieldsend,
to Loomis Village in South Hadley, Mass. After Thora’s death in 2004, Arthur’s
health deteriorated, and in 2009, Ann Marie moved to The Pines assisted living
to be a faithful companion to Arthur who moved into the nursing care part of
the facility, where he passed away in June of 2013.
Marie was a life member of First Parish Church in Berlin, Mass. She was a
member of the American Legion H. Wallace Woodward Post #162 for 66 years and a
member of the Legion Auxiliary for 78 years, having joined as a junior member
when she was 11 years old.
Marie was a beloved daughter, sister and aunt. When her father could no longer
drive a car, she learned to drive and got a license when she was in her
fifties. A week before her death, she was learning to use an electric
typewriter because she no longer had the strength to operate her manual
machine, due to her tremor disorder which had made it difficult for her to
Marie was predeceased by her parents, her sister, brother-in-law and her niece,
Persis F. Ross. She leaves a niece, Thora Ann, and her husband Joel Edward
Dumont of Wheelock, Vermont.
are invited to attend a Memorial Service led by Rev. Oscar Wallace at First
Parish Church in Berlin, on March 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM.
Donations in her memory may be made to
First Parish Church, 24 Central Street, Berlin, Massachusetts 01503 or the The
Pines Residents Activity Fund, 601 Red Village Road, Lyndonville,Vermont 05851
Arrangements are under the direction
of the Wrisley Funeral Home,
Street, South Deerfield,Mass