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CLAREMONT — Theresa Eliza (Joly) Amell, 92, of Claremont, went home to be with God in Heaven on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, after declining health. She was born in Claremont on Aug. 30, 1926, daughter of Evangelist and Eva (Dauphin) Joly. She graduated from St. Mary High School in 1945. She married the love of her life, Clarence Amell, on July 24, 1948. Theresa’s life was rich in unconditional love and devotion to family and friends. She had a genuine faith in God and was assured of being united to the God she loved. She loved sharing her family’s rich history. She felt it was important for generations to follow to know the stories of their ancestors. She had a never-ending wealth of stories of her family’s heritage. She was a parishioner of St. Joseph Parish and looked forward to her visits with Father Arockia Antony at her home. She joyfully lived at the Frances Tolles Home for the last nine years. The staff and residents became an extension of her family, and she loved visiting with them. Theresa will be best-known for her love for others. She had a true servant’s heart, always putting others before herself. She was often called “Mother Theresa” and she lived up to that name by loving and serving those whom God brought into her life. She had such a contagious spirit of joy and laughter. More than anything, though, Theresa lived for her family. Nothing made her happier than spending time with or doing something for her children and grandchildren. Even though she was blind, she surrounded her apartment with pictures of her treasured family in order to share stories with anyone who came to visit. She was predeceased by her husband who died in 1985 and her son Wayne who died in 2014. Members of her surviving family are her daughter Nancy Wilmot and husband Bill and their children, Brent Wilmot and wife Jessica, Allison McAllister and husband Aaron; Wayne’s children, Bradley Amell and Nathan Amell and wife Jennifer; and Wayne's two stepsons, Mike and Dan Carbee. She had 12 great-grandchildren, Matthew and Connor Wilmot, Matthew and Laiken Becker, Max and Reed McAllister, Izaha, Gabriel, Alexander, Abigail, Tristan and Sylvia Amell. She also is survived by two sisters, Evelyn Kennell of Claremont and Pauline Carignan of Bradenton, Florida; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad St. in Claremont on Monday, Aug. 26, from 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday morning, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph Church with Rev. Father Arockia Antony, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in St Mary Cemetery. To view an online memorial or send a private message of condolence, visit www.stringerfh.com.

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