Ilene M. Proulx

March 3, 1930June 23, 2019

Ilene M. Proulx, 89 of Keene, passed away on June 23, 2019 at Westwood Nursing Home following a period of declining health.

She was born on March 3, 1930 in Leicester, VT, the daughter of Mamie (Euber) and Roy Crossman. She spent most of her life in Keene, however she had opportunities to reside in Rhode Island, Vermont, and Florida in her retirement.

On April 20, 1950 Ilene married Nelson D. Proulx. Nelson was her dancing partner and camping companion. They spent many wonderful years together watching their family grow until his passing in 2011.

Ilene had been employed by Douglas Toy and Wallingsford Woolen Mill in Keene, the Homestead Woolen Mill, Sylvania in Hillsborough, Robert Harts in Keene and CR Bard in Fitzwilliam from which she retired.

Having a big heart for others, Ilene deeply loved and cherished having many generations of grandchildren to care for. She was a longtime member of the Women of the Moose in Keene. She was talented in knitting, sewing, crocheting, and most famously known for her braided rugs. She loved horses and a good adventure on horseback. Ilene never passed up a good yard sale and always found something worthwhile to bring home.

Ilene will be greatly missed by her children: Frank Proulx and his wife Linda of Swanzey, Diana Fiorey and her husband Russell of Surry, and Carole Grant of Maine; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law: Ilene Roy of Fitzwilliam; sister: Millicent Waldron of Keene; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members.

She was predeceased by her husband: Nelson D. Proulx; son: Winston Roy, Jr.; and siblings: Neva, Wanetta, Robert, Madeline, Kenneth, Carl, and Vera.

Ilene and her family are grateful for the impeccable care she received at the Carpenter Home in Swanzey and Dementia Unit at Westwood in Keene.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Main Street, Keene, NH.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ilene M. Proulx’s name to the Westwood Keene Center, Dementia Unit 3, 298 Main Street, Keene, NH or the American Cancer Society, New Hampshire Chapter, 2 Commerce Dr #110, Bedford, NH 03110 (


3 August

Graveside Service

10:00 am

St. Joseph Cemetery

Main Street
Keene, NH 03431


Ilene M. Proulx

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Hugh Shelley

July 3, 2019

My condolences to Ilene's family. I have good memories of sliding, and skating with her and Vera at the pond behind the church in East Westmoreland. I shall never forget the image of Ilene riding the black horse, with a red saddle blanket, through the village.

Bill Campbell

June 30, 2019

Very sorry for your loss Frank and Linda
And Russell and your sister , prayers and thoughts are with you .

Ron Forstrom

June 29, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.I worked with Ilene at C R Bard and have many good memories.

Karen Nass

June 27, 2019

It's Friday night, time to go camping!

Miss you so much Gram but I'm glad you are no longer in the pain of trying to remember.

Love you very much your Karen Ann