Mary P. Couillard Manix died on July 16, 2017 at the Rockingham County Nursing Home in Brentwood, NH.
Mary was born in Cap St. Ignace, the province of Quebec, Canada, and came to the United States at a very young age. She became a naturalized citizen along with the rest of her family. She was the daughter of Joseph E. Couillard and Lucy (Gagne) Couillard. Mary was predeceased by her parents and her brother Charles Couillard, and sisters Yvonne Matick and Millie Rousseau. She attended Exeter Schools, and for many years was employed in the shoe industry.
Mary and her husband worked for and later owned Chet's Inc., a men's clothing store in downtown Exeter. Together they were both active in the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce, and were very active in the beginning of the reactivation of the downtown shopping area. For many years, Mary accompanied and assisted her husband in his second career of selling retail advertising. They were a familiar couple to many, and known to always be together.
Mary was a member of St. Michael's Church in Exeter. For many years Mary and Dick assisted with Mass and the distribution of the Holy Eucharist at nursing homes. In years past, Mary was a parish collector for New Hampshire Catholic Charities.
Mary is survived by her husband, Richard and two people in whom she had a great deal of pride and deep love for, her daughter Joyce A. Griffin of Dover and granddaughter, Amy C. Griffin Cannata of Allston, MA. Mary is also survived by Amy's husband Marc-Anthony, her sister-in-law Judith Churchill, Jackie Manix and Elaine Manix, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In accordance with Mary's instructions, there will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Michael's Church on 9 Lincoln St. in Exeter at 11 AM on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Burial will follow with graveside services at the Exeter Cemetery. Mary's favorite color was purple. At her request, family and friends are asked to wear a touch of purple at the service.
Memorial donations in Mary's name can be made to St. Vincent de Paul of Exeter, NH.
Brewitt Funeral Service, 14 Pine St., Exeter, NH is handling the arrangements.