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Nelda Racette

Nelda Dean Racette (McDowell)

Sunday, July 20th, 1930 - Sunday, March 15th, 2020
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Nelda Dean (McDowell) Racette, 89 of North Adams, MA died Sunday March 15, 2020 at Williamstown Commons.
She was born in Roanoke Rapids, NC on July 20, 1930, a daughter of Rueben and Della (Waters) McDowell. She came to North Adams at age 6 and graduated from Drury High School with the class of 1948.
Nelda was last employed as a clinical aide at North Adams Regional Hospital until her retirement. Before that, she worked at Wall-Streeter Shoe Co and Sweetbrook Nursing Home. She was a communicant of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Nelda enjoyed reading and sewing but most importantly spending time with her family especially her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
She was the widow of Richard Armand Racette who died December 22, 2010. They were married on July 23, 1949. Survivors include two daughters- Donna L, Racette, close family friend and adopted daughter Lou Ann Quinn of North Adams and Debra L. Wood and her husband, Richard of North Adams; and two sons- Richard A. Racette Jr and his wife, Karen O’Neil of North Adams and Kurt Racette and his wife, Annette of Ritchfield, NC. She also leaves nine grandchildren including Jason Wood and Kelly, Zachary Wood and Laura, Matthew Racette and Stephanie, Michael Racette and Margaret, Joshua Racette and Laura, Jennifer Racette and Cody, Cole Skibik and Elise, Max Quinn and Kari, and Mariah Ferrara ; nine great grandchildren including Ava, Haley, Tenley, Griffin, Rylan, Nolan, Jackson and Sadie ; and nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Her daughter Jacklyn Skibik passed on December 3, 2009, her husband Jeffrey Skibik passed on September 3, 2012, and her brother William McDowell is deceased.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Services for Nelda Racette will be at a later date at a time to be announced due to the corona virus. Burial will be in Southview Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Williamstown Commons Evergreen Unit in care of FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA 01247. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit
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    Southview Cemetery
    1075 South Church St.
    NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247
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    Services will be held at a later date - To Be Announced
  • Interment

    Southview Cemetery
    1075 South Church St.
    NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247
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    Burial at a later date


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Diane Mirante

Posted at 08:46pm
To the Racette Family,

I was so sorry to read about Nelda. She was on my mother's unit at Wmst Commons and one of the first people I met when Mom moved there. As I tried to remember names, her rather unusual one was the easiest. Even when she was a little grouchy (LOL), I could always get her to smile for me. If we ever get to go back there, I will miss seeing her. My sincerest condolences to you all.

Diane Mirante

Dave & Connie Yorke

Posted at 01:06pm
Rick, Kurt and families, so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Peace to you all. Dave & Connie Yorke

Charlene Guyette Prince

Posted at 09:18am
Debbie, Donna, Lou Ann, & family, My condolences on losing your mom. I had the privilege of working with her at NARH. She was such a warm caring person. Sincerely,
Charlene Guyette Prince

Liz Phoenix

Posted at 01:02pm
So sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you during this time. Remembering many good memories with her, especially learning how to make her amazing sauce and meatballs. Haley loved getting cookies from the jar at her house when we visited.

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