Claire J. Jeffrey
ATTLEBORO - Claire J. (Galarneau) Jeffrey, 75, former business owner, downtown business advocate and tireless volunteer, of Kendall Avenue, Attleboro, died on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at the Epoch Senior Healthcare of Norton. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert D. Jeffrey to whom she was married on September 26, 1958 and who died on January 28, 2003.
Born in Pawtucket on October 19, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Oliver and Florence (Messier) Galarneau. Raised and educated in her native community of Pawtucket, Mrs. Jeffrey was a graduate of the former Pawtucket East High School and attended Rhode Island School of Design.
Her entire professional career centered on retail sales having first been employed at Sillman's Shoes and Coughlin Shoes. She later opened Claire's Casuals, a landmark women's retail clothing store, in downtown Attleboro and owned and operated the business from November 6, 1988 until her retirement on March 31, 2009.
She leaves three children: David A. Jeffrey of Cranston, Rhode Island; Barbara A. Greve of Attleboro and Jane E. Jeffrey of Attleboro; a daughter-in-law: Carol Ann M. (Hebert) Jeffrey of Attleboro, wife of her late son, John Robert Jeffrey, who died on May 24, 2008; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a sister: Jeannette Pare of Pawtucket, Rhode Island; two brothers: Oliver Galarneau of Attleboro and Omer Galarneau of South Attleboro; several nieces and nephews, extended family members, friends and countless business colleagues and loyal customers.
Visitation on Friday, July 15, 2011 from 4:00 - 6:45 PM in the "Memorial Chapel" of Dyer-Lake Funeral Home - the national historic Colonel Obed Robinson Home, 161 Commonwealth Avenue (exit 5 off I-95 N or S, go right at end of ramp, mile on left), Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro.
Funeral immediately following visitation on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 7:00 PM in the "Memorial Chapel" of Dyer-Lake Funeral Home.
Burial will be private in Hillside Cemetery, Attleboro.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dyer-Lake Charitable Foundation, Inc., a registered 501 (c) 3 organization, 161 Commonwealth Avenue, North Attleboro, MA 02760 to benefit the American Diabetes Association and the Resident Activities Fund at Epoch Senior Healthcare of Norton. Please specify which organization donations should be forwarded.