Grace-Marie Talbert, 75, Nurse Extraordinaire

A very caring person, loving wife, and gifted nurse passed away on August 4, 2008.
Grace-Marie, a Registered Nurse for 48 years, graduated Cornell University and served
from 1955 till 1979 as a staff nurse, surgical nurse, office nurse and charge nurse for the
New York Hospital, NY; Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (PBBH), Boston MA; Saint Joseph
Hospital, Providence RI; Clara Maass Hospital, Belleville NJ; South Shore Hospital, South
Weymouth MA; Leonard Morse Hospital, Natick MA; and Kathleen Daniel Nursing Home,
Framingham MA. She also served as the Editor for the prestigious Peter Bent Brigham
Current Practice Manual, compiled the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital Disaster Plan and
was the liaison for the PBBH Boston Police dept. and area hospitals.

In 1979 she became the Certified School Nurse for the Dover-Sherborn Regional School
System where she was responsible for the students at both the Middle School and the
High School.  She retired from this position at age 70 in 2003. She was a member of the
Massachusetts School Nurse Association where she served on the membership
committee until she retired. Grace-Marie was elected President of the D-S Nurse’s
Association and was responsible for the present status of D-S Nurses being included in
the Teacher Negotiated Contracts.

While doing all of the above, Grace-Marie was a loving Wife to her husband, Dewey, and
successfully raised two lovely daughters, Donna and Joey, through their college years
and the launching of their own careers. She also was an outstanding participant in
Community Affairs, involving herself in the following organizations: Girl Scouts – serving
as a leader, organizer, Town Chairman, and Blue Hill G. S. Council Representative;
Sherborn Historical Society – member and President; Sherborn Recycling Committee –
member and Chairman; Town of Sherborn – Secretary to the Planning Board and Clerk
for the Sherborn Fire & Rescue Dept.; Sherborn Benevolent Society – Vice President;
Sherborn Lion’s Club – Membership Chair and recipient of the Lion of the Year Award; St.
Theresa Parish – Parishioner, CCD teacher, Delivery Person for Hot Meals Program and
for the Food Pantry, Cantor, Choir Member, Member Parish Council, Chairperson for the
Outreach Commission, and Chairperson for the Prayer Line.

Grace-Marie with her husband was also a Foster Parent for over a dozen teen age young
people.  She had a passion for gardening and needlework, knitting many sweaters and
hats for charitable organizations. For many years she made flower arrangements from
her garden and from spent St. Theresa’s Flowers for distribution to those in need of
some floral cheer.

In addition to her husband and daughters, Grace-Marie leaves three grandchildren –
Nick, Liam, and Renee – her sister Patti, her nephews David and Gordon, her niece Beth
and her daughter Jen, and her special niece Kathie and her husband Cliff and their
children Sky, Sage and Malcolm.

Grace-Marie will be missed by many. Those wishing to pay their last respects may do so
at her wake at St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic Church (35 S. Main St, Sherborn) Friday
August 8th, 4:00 to 7:00 PM.  The Funeral Mass will be at St. Theresa’s on Saturday at
10:00 AM.  Reception to follow in Father Bailey Hall.

Shortly after her becoming School Nurse Grace-Marie began a courageous battle with
breast cancer. She successfully held off this disease for many years while continuing her
life as noted above; even lecturing for the American Cancer Society and counseling
others facing the disease.  You can help her continue the battle with Memorial donations
made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.