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Laureen M. Beauchaine

West Warwick, R.I.


Fifteen minutes.

That was about how long Laureen M. Beauchaine, 35, had been at The Station before the horrific fire engulfed the club and claimed her life.

Beauchaine loved the kind of hard rock that Great White played and loved to party, but most of all, she loved her children and her family. So before she and her husband, Ray, went to dance at The Station last Thursday, she took her three children, as well as some nephews and nieces, to roller-skate.

"Everything she did was for her family. She was 100 percent for her children," her brother-in-law, Dwayne Beauchaine, said yesterday. After her children -- Christopher, 15, Ray, 7, and Ashley, 5 -- had skated and played with their cousins at the rink, she took them home, changed her clothes, and headed with Ray to The Station for the show.

Ray Beauchaine, 38, was still in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital yesterday.

No one in Beauchaine's family was surprised that her last night was spent mainly with her children. "She was a wicked good mother. Her kids adored her," said 15-year-old niece Amanda Beauchaine.

Two years ago, she worked a part-time job from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m., delivering the Providence Journal, so she could be at home with her children during the day, said her mother, Elaine DeSantis.

Beauchaine was born in Providence, raised in Cranston, R.I., and attended West Warwick High School before dropping out in the ninth grade to help with her mother's jewelry business. She married Ray Beauchaine, a construction worker, 16 years ago, and the family lived in a large, ranch-style home that she loved in West Warwick.

Survivors include her children, her parents, Elaine and Ronald DeSantis, and her brother, Ron DeSantis, all of West Warwick.