Jerilyn A. Deshane

August 27, 1969February 27, 2014

Jerilyn A. Deshane 44, of Walpole, NH, died Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, following a sudden illness.

She was born in Brunswick, Maine, August 27, 1969, the daughter of Joseph I. and Jane M. (Berry) Mitchell.

She worked for many years as a commercial lines claims supervisor for the Peerless Insurance Company and the National Grange Mutual Insurance Company, both of Keene. She had left that profession to pursue her dreams of working in medical services. However, working as an E.M.T. was not fitting in with her much more important role of being a mother. At the time of her death, Jerilyn was working part time as a home healthcare provider and she was also a full-time student at Granite State College working towards a degree in nursing and social work.

She was an outgoing person, always light-hearted, and who thoroughly enjoyed life. She was a breeder of Labrador retrievers and enjoyed completing home improvements of all kinds. She just recently started long distance running and just completed her first 5K. However, her favorite role was that as mémère and raising her children.

Jerilyn is survived by her children, Patrick J. Letendre, Corynne A. Letendre, David E. Deshane and Jennae B. Deshane, all of Walpole; a grandson, Syrus J. Letendre of Walpole; her parents, Joseph I. Mitchell of Unity, ME and Jane M. Hamel of Litchfield, NH; her brothers and sisters, John P. Mitchell of Pittsfield, ME, Jodi S. Mitchell of Cedar Park, Texas, James P. Mitchell of Fontana, CA, Jennifer L. Chacos of Litchfield; her boyfriend, Leland A. Gray, Jr. also of Walpole and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and several very special friends.

A celebration of her life will be held Monday, March 3, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jerilyn’s memory to The Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate, PO Box 2496, Manchester Center, VT 05255, or to the Epilepsy Foundation, Attention: Donor Services, 8301 Professional Place, Suite 200, Landover, MD 20785.


  • Celebration of Life Monday, March 3, 2014

Jerilyn A. Deshane

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Jonathan Evans

March 28, 2014

I'm in shock of this news that I received just two days ago. To her children, I cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can help you in any way. I cared very much for your Mom during the time we spent together. I pray that you will find comfort and peace in your journey forward.

Carolyn O'Brien

March 11, 2014

Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. I worked with her at NGM years ago. Praying for comfort and peace at this difficult time.

Charisse Laverdiere

March 8, 2014

Jerilyn, I will never forget our last conversation. It all seems so unreal. Ive known this family since I was 12 yrs old. The Mitchell Family is truly family to me. And now your in Heaven looking down upon us. This is a great loss to each and everyone of us. Can't wait to see you my Sister in Heaven. Gods Speed.

Charisse and Timmy Laverdiere

Tina Grijalva

March 6, 2014

So sorry to hear of your loss.

Ellen Blair

March 5, 2014

To Jerilyn's family - I'm so very sorry for your loss. I hadn't seen Jerilyn for years, but recently connected via Facebook. I remember Jerilyn as the beloved "little sister" to her siblings. She will be so missed.

Teofelia (Tiffany) Tyler

March 3, 2014

My heart is so broken at this terrible news. You will be so very missed, Jerilyn and always remembered as a kind hearted soul who made this world a better place.

- Tiffany

Sandra Kibbee

March 3, 2014

Awe Jerilyn - this makes me incredibly sad. You were a beautiful woman and a great friend - you will be missed. My thoughts and prayers will remain with your family as they will need it. I am so sorry that you are gone my friend.

March 3, 2014

Her Journey's Just Begun
Don't think of her as gone away-
her journey's just begun
Life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.
Just think of her as resting
from the sorrow and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days or years.
Think how she must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.
And think of her as living
in the hearts of those she's touched
for nothing loved is ever lost
and she was loved so much.

My condolences to the family...hugs to you all. Susie & George Cloutier

Robin (Anderson) Delgado

March 3, 2014

My lifelong dear friend,I loved you like a sister. My very best memories were spent with you and your family in CA and in Rome, ME. Our memories have lived with me deep in my heart . Being able to see you again after all those years; to see the beautiful woman and wonderful mother you grew to be was so very special to me. I am eternally grateful for that. I love you always, angel. Rest in peace,

March 2, 2014

Dear Jerilyn, When someone passes from our life too early I always hope in the Buddhist belief that at the moment of your death there is the culmination of your life. You are instantly reminded of all the wonderful thoughts and moments of your life. I will miss your wonderful smile and so happy I got to reconnect with you the last few years. Turner family's hearts and prayers got out to Jerilyn's family and know such a special woman is now an angel.