Carmen Z. (Coupal Towne, 88, formerly of Spruce Street, Champlain, passed away peacefully, March 4, 2017, at Meadowbrook Healthcare in Plattsburgh.
She was born in Hemmingford, Quebec, Dec. 5, 1928, the daughter of Phillippe and Irene (Lareau) Coupal.
Coming from a large farm family, education was more of a luxury than a necessity, so at a young age Carmen went to work in Montreal as a nanny for several families. From there she went on to be a coat and hat check gal until she landed the job she enjoyed most, night club photographer at the best hotels in the City. That was just the beginning of her adventures. Carmen's family loved to hear the stories of the famous people she photographed and of the shenanigans of her and her best friend, GiGi. From traveling back and forth on Route 66 to the fun she had in LA in the sixties.
Carmen finally settled down at the ripe age of 49, when she met the love of her life, Harold Towne. They were married, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1977, in Reno, Nev. When asked why she married on a Wednesday, her reply was that 28 was her favorite number. Carmen and Harold settled happily into married life mining their gold claim in Washington State. Years later following Harold's death Carmen moved back East to be with family.
Left to cherish the memory of Carmen are, brothers, Michael and Henri; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Gaberial, Thomas, Omar, Guy, Wilfred, Medard, Richard and Lionel; sisters, Yolande and Dolores; and several siblings who died in infancy.
Carmen's niece, Carmen Coupal, would like to thank all the staff at Meadowbrook's Chestnut Grove (especially Linda) for taking such good care of her, she felt loved there.
There will be a celebration of Carmen's life at the convenience of the family in the spring.
Donations in her memory may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 793 Gilbert Road, Mooers, 236-4747.
Published on  March 4, 2017