Marlene R. Paille, 68, of Grafton


Marlene R. PailleGrafton – Marlene Rose (Day) Paille, 68, of Grafton, Massachusetts, passed over on June 21, 2022, in St. Vincent’s Hospital after complications from a stroke. She was the beloved daughter of Rosamond (McKenney) Day and the late Lawrence R. Day, Jr.

Marlene was a life-long resident of Central Massachusetts, living in Leicester and Worcester, with most of her adult life in her Grafton home, with her good friend/former mother-in-law Millie Paille and their adored puppy, Lilly. She was employed as a procurement specialist at National Grid, where she worked for more than 30 years in various analyst positions within the Information Management and Information Technology sectors.

She loved to travel with memorable trips to Italy, Myrtle Beach, and Florida, plus years of extended-family vacations in Maine. She was a talented “beader,” and those who had the benefit of seeing her at her craft were always bestowed a gift from her incredible creations. She loved animals, with a special place in her heart for her cats over the years, including Emma and Maggie, plus Ollie and Natasha, and her dear sweet pup Lilly.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her brothers: Conrad R. Day, of FL and his spouse, Sally Day; Mark A. Day, of NH and his spouse, Sharon Kuchenbecker; Eric L. Day, of CT and his spouse, David Day; and her sister, Susan E. (Day) Burtchell, of MA.

She was the proud and loving aunt of Jason Burtchell and his spouse, Sarah Burtchell; Christopher Michael Day and his spouse, Matthew Lott; Christopher Mark Day and his spouse Alysha Day; Michelle Burtchell-Spector and her spouse, Adam Spector; and Sarah Day and her partner Matthew Cormier. She loved her great nieces and nephews: Leah Burtchell, Conor Burtchell, Alexander Day, Corbin Day, Jack Spector, Makayla Burtchell, and Caitlyn Day.

Her all-time favorite movie was the Wizard of Oz, and her family and friends can relate, especially now: “Now I know I’ve got a heart, ‘cause it’s breaking;” and “A heart is shown not by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.”

Dear beloved Marlene, until we meet again… “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Services were private and were entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church Street, Putnam, CT. A family and friend tribute for Marlene will be held in August.

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Memorial donations in Marlene’s memory may be made to the Worcester Animal Rescue League,