Saturday, July 13, 2024

Wendy Blair DeCroteau, 60

TOPSAIL BEACH — Wendy Blair DeCroteau took her last breath at home while her life partner/ spouse Alberta Wallace sat at the bedside. Wendy was born in Clearwater, Florida to Faye (Krause-predeceased, 2014) and William Eugene DeCroteau (predeceased, 2004). She was the only child from this union.

Wendy was reared in the Catholic tradition attending Catholic schools until high school graduation. After which she attended the University of New Hampshire receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. Track and Field was her sport where she excelled in the hammer throw.

Wendy remained in New England after graduation teaching in schools and as a water aerobics instructor at YWCA’s. She took her gifts of compassion, listening, planning, organizing and being detailed focus to the field of facilities management working for Measured Progress and then to the city of Rochester, New Hampshire.

Wendy loved animals. She and her mother in 1995 created the Northern New England Sled Dog and Trade Fair. During the warmer New England weather, golf was her passion as she participated and organized women’s golf tournaments. Wendy also loved the Fine Arts. In 2019 she met her life partner, Alberta Wallace. They relocated to North Carolina in 2022 to be close to the ocean but not too far from the mountains. On North Topsail Beach Wendy was introduced to sea turtles. Wendy was a regular volunteer at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital, proud to be a member of the Friday team. Now that she was retired due to living with ovarian cancer, her passion for the Fine Arts could be fully explored. One way Wendy fed that passion was as a volunteer for Thalian Hall and a member of the Cameron Arts Museum.

Wendy was a member of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Cary, NC. She will be remembered most for her zest for life, her captivating blue eyes and a smile that made the world brighter. She will be mourned by people from New England, Kansas City, Hawaii, and North Carolina. Wendy’s life partner/spouse Alberta Wallace will miss her the most.

In lieu of flowers, honor Wendy’s life with a gift to the organizations that gave her life: The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center; Historic Thalian Hall; Cameron Art Museum; Animal Welfare Society.

Memorial services are being planned at her church, Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Cary, NC with an ocean committal on March 16th.

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