Born in McAdam, New Brunswick on January 14, 1927, a birth date that she proudly shared with both her Mother and her only granddaughter.
Clarice was predeceased by her parents, Willard and Ivy (Swan) Wilson and her older brothers, Arleigh and Herbert Wilson. After graduating from McAdam High School, where she enjoyed basketball, Girl Guides, ice skating and many summers at her parents cottage at Harvey Lake, she moved to Saint John, accepting a secretarial job for a large Canadian Insurance company. While living there she met her future husband, Stanley, and they married on July 2, 1949.
Because of her husband’s many job opportunities they moved several times throughout eastern and central Canada, first to Fredericton, then Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto and finally settled in Montreal for the next twenty-five years. Upon her husband’s retirement they moved from Quebec to a newly built cottage at Harvey Lake in New Brunswick where they spent the summers while spending the winters for twenty-two years in Florida, making many new friends along the way. During those times they travelled across the United States, Canada, Mexico, UK. Europe, China, New Zealand, Australia, Alaska, Hawaii and took several cruises throughout the Caribbean.
In her earlier married life, Clarice sewed, hooked rugs, knit, played badminton, golfed and played bridge with a weekly neighbourhood group of women in Pointe Claire, Quebec. After she began travelling her interests turned to sorting and identifying the many photographs and then creating nearly forty albums of family and their various trips. She loved to read and garden in the summers, producing beautiful flower beds and thriving vegetable gardens around the property. And most of all she thoroughly enjoyed having the family and grandchildren at the cottage, watching them grow and mature over the years.
She is survived by her daughter Lynn Melanson and her two children, Kira Vrouvas and Brian Vrouvas, and her son Gary Melanson, daughter in law Janet Melanson and their three sons, Timothy, Andrew and Stephen.
At her request there will be no visitation or funeral service. In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice may be made in her honour. Her ashes will be interment at a private family gathering in the Harvey Community Cemetery at a later date.