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Susan Ann (Gauvin) Morin, 63, wife of Clayton A. Morin of Essex passed away on Friday July 7, 2017, at Massachusetts General Hospital after a long battle with cancer, which she fought with dignity and grace. Susan was born July 10, 1953, in Athol, daughter of the late Joseph L. and Evelyn E. (Hamilton) Gauvin. She graduated from Athol High School in 1971 and went on to earn an associate degree in dental hygiene in 1980 from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She married Clayton on September 24, 1977, which was the beginning of a life filled with happiness, family, and lots of laughter. Together with Clayton, Susan raised two girls, who were the joy of her life. A resident of Essex since 1982, Susan loved to kayak and walk on Crane Beach in the early morning with her family and their dogs. Her dog, Hamilton, will especially miss her.
Having conquered bone cancer in her mid-thirties, Susan looked at life after that illness as an incredible gift. She enjoyed many wonderful years with Clayton and watched her children grow up and have families of their own. She was so happy when her daughters found their partners. Although she was diagnosed with cancer once again in 2009, she never let her illness define who she was as a mother, wife, sister and friend. Playing with and holding her granddaughters was the ultimate reward she enjoyed towards the end of her well-lived life. Her family will miss her tremendously, but know her spirit will live on in her family and all who were lucky enough to call her a friend. In addition to her husband Clayton she is survived by her two daughters, Alyssa M. Morin and her fiancé, Davis Stratta of Essex, Christie A. Morin Vazquez and her husband, Fernando of Georgetown; three grandchildren, Gabriela and Alina Vazquez, both of Georgetown, Ottavia Stratta of Essex; a brother, Chris Gauvin and his wife, Cathy of Athol; six sisters, Sally Gauvin Cassidy and her husband, Dan of Colorado, Kathy Fontaine and her husband, Chuck of Duxbury, Laurie Ann Thompson and her husband, John of Winchendon, Linda Eriksson and her husband, Steve of Colorado, Diane Ocampo and her husband, Ramon of California, Lisa Gauvin and her husband, Mark Bannon of Vermont; and many nieces and nephews who will miss her very much. She was predeceased by a brother, Peter Gauvin, who was killed in Vietnam.
Out of respect for Susan's wishes, there will be no calling hours. A private celebration will be held at a later date after the shock of her passing has eased and those closest to Susan can celebrate her life in a way befitting her spirit. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (https://ocrfa.org/) or The Open Door food pantry of Gloucester (www.capeannfoodpantry.org). To send a condolence, please visit www.whittier-porter.com.
Published on  July 13, 2017
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