Denise (Dee) Ann Tarbox

March 3, 1954 - December 15, 2019

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Dee's family and friends will gather later in the spring to celebrate her vibrant and rich life.

Denise (Dee) Ann Tarbox, 65, of Kingston, NH, passed away suddenly on December 15, 2019 at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire. Dee is remembered in love by her mother Theresa (Terry) Couturier of Manchester, NH; her daughter Jessica Homan and partner Ryan Chmiel of Charlestown, MA; her son Sean Tarbox and wife Celia Raymond of Scarborough, ME; her sister Kathryn (Kat) LaBranche and husband Jean of Manchester, NH; and her pet turtle Tina. Dee was predeceased by her father Leo Couturier and her brother Richard Couturier.

Dee graduated from Mascononmet Regional High School in Boxford, MA and went on to Essex Aggie to become a hairdresser like her mom (who had a shop in her home for several years) before moving on to banking and then on to management and customer service. She grew up on the North Shore of Boston, spending some time living in Portland, ME, before moving to the seacoast of New Hampshire.

While growing up, Dee looked forward to skipping school to go on adventures with her dad. Her happy place was the beach — from sand, surf, and floaties to lighthouses and turtles. One of her most memorable trips was to Hawaii after graduating high school and again in March to celebrate her 65th birthday with her children. Dee loved camping in the White Mountains, crocheting, and going to painting classes with friends. She was known for her infectious laugh and smile that brought joy into the lives she touched.

Dee kept youthful by caring for her many great nieces and young acquaintances. She was a strong role model and breast cancer survivor. Her mom Terry was her best friend all her life. Dee was a loving and attentive daughter who took diligent care of her mom. They often took jaunts to Boston and road trips all over New England, taking in the sights and eating the local fare. Her sister Kat was her partner in crime; and when they were together, all you’d hear was nonstop laughter!

Dee was a caring and dedicated mother to her two loving and successful children who she was always proud of. She believed everyone should be allowed to make their own mistakes in life. She imparted that in her children, allowing them to choose their own journeys and was proud of all they accomplished. She was anxiously awaiting her first grandchild, due in March.

Dee was generous with her time. She would drive clear across New England for her friends and family – to attend a play of a “niece”, help relatives pack, or just try the best hot dog that she’d seen on TV or read online. She grew up in a close-knit family and enjoyed spending time with all her cousins and reminiscing about all the crazy, zany things they did growing up.

Dee’s family and friends will gather later in the spring to celebrate her vibrant and rich life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling private arrangements.

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