June 7, 2010

USA: Always friend of those who needed a home or just firewood to keep warm

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SOUTH YARMOUTH,  Massachusetts / South Coast Today / Obituaries / June 7, 2010

For years Noel called upon her family, friends and acquaintances to sing Christmas Carols in the rooms of the elderly at nearby nursing homes and in the rooms of the Cape Cod Hospital. She was the ultimate giver that touched the lives of so many.

Noella "Noel" Morin Bassett passed away on June 4, 2010. Born on October 25, 1930 in Fairhaven, MA, Noel was the daughter of the late Noel B. Couture and Leda (Benoit) Couture. She graduated from Sacred Hearts Academy in New Bedford, MA where she held the distinction of being the class valedictorian.

Noel married young and moved to Cape Cod at the age of 17 and became a life long resident here. She began her working life on Cape Cod by working for the family business; Morin Employment Agency, and subsequently began a career of management in the local restaurant field. After working in many prominent local restaurants in management, Noel began her own companies called Bassett Transportation and Limousine Service and All Points Taxi where she was invaluable to the local tourist industry of Cape Cod.

Noel is the sole survivor of the first class held by Clara Barton of the Red Cross. In the mid 1970s when Noel first heard of an off Cape girl who suffered a tragedy and was desperately in need of blood she began her first blood drive and got more than three hundred donors to donate blood. For years following she continued with the blood drive that helped many in need.

She was always a friend of those that needed a home or needed firewood just to keep warm. She was often found making her own home cooked meals and hand delivering them to those she cared for.

In the 1980s she began the Friends of Christmas where those that needed food or for those that needed to be with another person during the Christmas holiday could have a complete holiday meal at the hall of Saint Francis Xavier. Her efforts continued for many years as she continually secured local support including, police, fire, politicians any anyone who knew her cause and to help serve those in need. As many as seven hundred would be fed a wonderful meal. They were all true "Friends of Christmas". She also began a local Christmas for the homeless in July and held this event annually at the American Legion to feed a hot turkey dinner to those in need in the summer months.

For years Noel called upon her family, friends and acquaintances to sing Christmas Carols in the rooms of the elderly at nearby nursing homes and in the rooms of the Cape Cod Hospital. She was the ultimate giver that touched the lives of so many. She gave of herself 100% and she truly has earned her angel wings.

She loved the Cape and was well known by many. What was more important than anything was her loving family. She was a teacher of life to her children and her grandchildren and was known by many for her joyous personality and her perspective on life.

Noel is survived by her children: Marie (Morin) Souza of Barnstable, MA, the late Alfred C. Morin Jr., Michele Morin of Hyannis, Janine (Morin) Smith of Oceanside, Ca., Elizabeth (Morin Blackburn) Collado of Marstons Mills and Jacques Noel Morin of Marstons Mills. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren: Jadroc, Brohn, Nile, Collen, Caroline, Katelyn, and Kyle Morin, Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Smith, Jennifer Hitchcock, Alynn Berry, Stacy Mullen, Jacqueline Mueller, Robert Blackburn and Laurie Cox. She was also survived by 13 great-grandchildren, and siblings Leon and Phillip Couture of Fairhaven and Louise Mello of Riverside, Ca.

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