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12/24/15 11:31 AM #1    

Barbara LaPointe Lowell (LaPointe)

Madeleine was smart, incredibly and incurably practical, resilient, kind, beautiful, and above all, a terrific, loving mother to her 3 children.  She was a dear and loyal friend to me, a fiercely devoted sister, and a loving companion to her partner, Tom, that wonderful guy who I can only say was the absolute "right one" for her, finally.

Back in our teen years, Madeleine and Mary Louise were part of my family, frequent visitors known and loved by my parents and sibs who, inexplicably to me, often had trouble telling them apart. We were a threesome. When it came to the twins, as it says in the Sinatra song, "you can't have one without the other," nor did I ever want to. But then, unexpectedly, in our sophomore year at DMHS, everything changed and our threesome became a twosome as Madeline became a mother and homemaker, taking a dramatically different path from that of her twin and I. I've always felt sad about the fact that she wasn't able to join us as we embraced high school life. Still our bond remained, as it has to this day. While geographically apart, "The Twins" remained inseparable, even closer than in the early years, once they no longer had a need to fight for their individual identities. And we three were always in touch over the years, visiting frequently and often writing or phoning.  Saying good bye to one of my dearest, oldest friends is like saying good bye to a little bit of myself.

She was one extraordinary lady, one good woman, one dear friend. I will miss her always.


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