Renee J. DePalma WEBSTERVILLE - Renee Jean (Lukis) DePalma, of Websterville, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 4, 2018. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, on Feb. 19, 1972, she was the daughter of the late Laurene (Laventure) Martel, of Fayston, and the late David S. Lukis, of Wrentham, Massachusetts. Renee was previously married to Scott Hartz, of Newman, Georgia, and later, Eric DePalma, of Syracuse, New York. She is survived by her boyfriend, David Markt, of Websterville; an uncle, Laurent R. Laventure and companion Pamela Gage, of Venice, Florida; an aunt, Deborah T. Watts and husband Edwin H., of Wrentham, Massachusetts; and a stepfather, Charles H. Martel Jr., of Fayston. Renee spent most of her youth in Manchester, New Hampshire, and her teenage years in Easton, Massachusetts, attending Oliver Ames High School. After high school, she lived in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Missouri, before moving to Vermont in 1998. In 2009, she received a degree from Vermont Community College. During her time in Vermont, she was employed by various mental health agencies, including her recent employer, Washington County Mental Health. Renee found that working in the mental health field gave her purpose. As many times as she tried other lines of work, she always came back. She was a psychiatric technician at the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury, a mental health specialist at the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Middlesex and a member of the Residential Recovery Starr at Second Spring. She had a fond love of animals of all kinds, but especially dogs. She would often care for two or three at a time in her home, wishing that she could open a dog rescue/sanctuary of her own one day. She loved the ocean, and especially Cape Cod. She will always be remembered for her smile and wicked sense of humor, as well as those curly locks of golden hair. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent, in her memory, to Turning Point Center of Central Vermont at tpccv.org; or The Central Vermont Humane Society at centralvermonthumane.org. A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Websterville Baptist Church, 143 Church Hill Road, Websterville, VT 05678.

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