NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

April 29, 2013

Maurine A. Turcotte, 51


Amesbury, MA — Maurine Alicia "Mo" Turcotte, passed away with her family by her side on Monday, April 22, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Maurine is survived by her loving husband, James E. Turcotte, her sons Dylan and Tyler Turcotte, her father, Cecil A. Northrup, and her stepfather Nicholas M. Bernhardt and his wife Carol. She is also survived by her sister, Deborah A. Norris and husband, Robert, her brother, Marc Bernhardt and wife, April, her stepsister, Katherine F. Hall and husband, David, and her stepbrother Jerry McDonald. She is preceded in death by her mother, Joan A. Bernhardt, stepmother Katherine Northrup, her brother Arthur Northrup, and stepbrother Gary McDonald.

Maurine was a resident of Amesbury and was a successful real estate agent with Keller Williams and enjoyed success in her many MLM's! Maurine was a proud member of the Tough Warrior Princesses and walked with her beloved TWP's in 4 Susan G. Kommen 3-Day walks while in treatment. She embraced life and lived it to the fullest, inspiring many to do the same! She was known to bring laughter to other patients at Dana Farber during her countless trips to Boston for treatment. She lived her life with a "Rock Star" status. Courageous, funny, brave, hopeful, helpful, generous, and kind, these are but a few of the many positive adjectives to describe a truly remarkable woman. Maurine loved her boys, Dylan and Tyler. She tirelessly worked for their benefit and to model them and all of us, the ability to face adversity with grace, dignity, and irreverent humor!

Maurine was born in Burlingame, Calif., and grew up in Los Gatos and San Jose, Calif. She attended San Jose State University, before relocating to Massachusetts for an employment opportunity. She soon met her husband Jim and they were married on Sept. 21, 1991. She enjoyed New England and felt at home here. She loved the seasons and relished the lifestyle. She loved the beach, the lake, a big storm, and time with family and friends. Maurine impacted those who knew her and her enthusiasm for life was contagious. She was not given to self-pity, but rather often asked how others were amidst her final days. She was amazing!

ARRANGEMENTS: A celebration of her life will be held on Friday May 3, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Hope Community Church 11 Hale St., Newburyport, MA, 01950. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to the Tough Warrior Princesses 80 Monroe St., Amesbury, MA, 01913. Arrangements are by the E.V. Jutras & Sons Funeral Home in Amesbury.