Michaelene Banville of Somerset, Massachusetts, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 20th, 2020. She was seventy-two years old. Michaelene was a graduate of Saint Anne’s School of Nursing. She served her community as a Registered Nurse for over fifty years. Later in life she pursued higher education, receiving her bachelors in Elementary Educations. Beginning as a hospital nurse, she later took her skillset and passion for working with children to People Incorporated’s Early Intervention and Healthy Families program in Fall River. There, all her education and experience was put to use, providing developmental and therapeutic assistance to help children thrive. After moving to Orlando, Florida, where she worked as a park nurse for Disney World, she returned back to New England and secured a position as a nurse in the Somerset school system, rotating between the middle school and high school. Upon retiring from full time work, she went back to working part time with Early Intervention, continuing to work with children there until February of 2020.
Michaelene’s hobbies included gardening, painting, and decorating her home toward the seasons. Her knack for finding a deal kept her always looking fashionable, and her house looking warm and inviting. She loved walking her dogs over the years; Maizey, Bella and Felicity. Bicycling was a big part of her life, and she could often be found riding the bike path in Bristol, Rhode Island, a place she and her family had frequented for years. Westport Harbor was also a favorite of hers, bringing her children there to swim and play in the sand. Michaelene had a “never grow up” part of her who could often be found body surfing with her children and grandkids, showing them the benefits of embracing their inner child.
Michaelene was also a fan of anything Disney. After taking her kids to Disney World for the first time in the 70s, many trips followed with her family and eventually her grandkids. For her, it truly was the “happiest place on earth.” During a brief stint working in the parks, she used her “free entry” privileges to enjoy the rides, the fireworks, and live performances daily. After relocating back to New England, she and her husband became members of the Disney Vacation Club and made frequent trips to Disney throughout the rest of her life.
Michaelene is survived by her husband of 51 years, Ronald Banville, along with her three children, Michael, Jenna and Ethan. She is also survived by her eight grandchildren, Emily, Meaghan, Charlie, Noah, Cameron, Olivia, Emma, and Madison, as well as, her daughter in laws Jennifer and Sheena. She will also be remembered fondly by numerous cousins and friends.
Due to current circumstances, a memorial to celebrate Michaelene’s life will be held at a future date. At that time, friends and family will be notified so they can pay their respects and gather to reminisce about the fun and joy Michaelene brought to their lives. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to People Inc. Fall River at http://peopleinc-fr.org/donate/
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