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Raymonde Henrietta Paulette Moyce, of Williamsburg, passed away at home with loved ones present on Friday, May 27, 2016, at the age of 93. Born Raymonde Henriette Doreé on Dec. 8, 1922, in Moirans, France, near Grenoble in the French Alps, she was one of a few from her large family to survive World War II, despite aiding the French resistance in German-occupied France.
After the war, she sang with big bands, performing in many well-known clubs in Paris. She went on to act and sing in many stage productions and eventually made it to the big screen under the stage name Paulette Laurent.
Her best known movie was the 1949 “Les Vagabonds du Rêve,” in which she played the singer “Claudine” as a supporting actress. She met the love of her life, Lt. Cdr. Murray Moyce, while he was stationed in France. They married on Dec. 18, 1951, in Nice, France, honeymooned in Venice, Italy, and celebrated their 62nd anniversary in Williamsburg before Murray’s passing in 2014; lovebirds to the end.
With great pride, she gave birth to Barbara in 1953 and later became a U.S. citizen. She is remembered for her French cuisine, glamour, spunky andloving personality, generosity and tireless care at home of Murray in his last years with Alzheimer’s.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Moyce; son-in-law, Bradford McGann; grandson, Matthew McGann; sister, Jeanine Guillet; sister-in-law, Jean Moyce; nieces, Deborah Godfrey, Yvonne Moyce, Cheri Everett and Martine Galiano; grandniece, Karen Bonnard Galiano; and other extended family members.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 10, at Olive Branch Christian Church, 7643 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, followed by a brief graveside ceremony at the church cemetery and reception in the social hall.
Paulette’s favorite flowers were red roses, carnations and baby’s breath. Memorial donations may be made to the Olive Branch Christian Church Gift Fund.
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