Pauline (Nickerson) Gilchrist dedicated her life to making a warm and loving home for her family, passed away at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center after a long illness on Wednesday, July 15, 2009. She was 78 years old. Pauline was born in East Boston, the daughter of the late Wallace and Eva Nickerson. She grew up and was educated in East Boston. Her family moved to Somerville where she resided until she married. Pauline met her future husband when she was just 10 years old and he was 12 years old. Their friendship evolved into a lasting relationship. Pauline married Henry Gilchrist, her childhood sweat heart, at the age of 20 on March 25, 1951. They were blessed to have shared 58 years old marital bliss.
Pauline cherished her role as wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a devoted and loving wife who enjoyed spending time with her husband as well as supporting him in his activities and interests. She made a warm and caring home for her 5 children. She was a fantastic cook. She enjoyed cookouts and 4th of July celebrations at her home. She enjoyed ceramics and crocheting. She crocheted lap robes for wheelchairs for the residents at the Fernald School. Many family and friends enjoyed the afghans that Pauline made for them. She enjoyed 58 years living in Burlington and all the many good friends neighbors she met over those years. She enjoyed shopping, going out to eat, participating in the activities at the Masons, her soap operas, and sharing special time with her family and friends. She will be lovingly remembered.
Pauline was the beloved wife of Henry Gilchrist of Burlington. She was the loving mother of Lee Gilchrist of Raymond, NH, Steven Gilchrist of Waltham, Wendy Savoie of NH, Brian Gilchrist of OH, and Stacey Gilchrist of Burlington. She was the sister of the late Cecil, Melvin, Floyd, and Louise. She was the sister-in-law of Frederick & Shirley Gilchrist. Pauline was also survived by 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., BURLINGTON (exit 34 off Rt. 128, Woburn side) on Monday July 20 at 11 a.m. Visiting hours Sunday 3-6 p.m. Interment in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Memorials in Pauline’s name may be made to the Shriner’s Burn Institute, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114 http://www.shrinershq.org/Hospitals/Boston/. For directions, obituary, & online guestbook see www.sullivanfuneralhome.net