2014-07-25 / Obituaries

Betty Lavoie

Betty J. Lavoie, 87, died on July 14, 2014 following a period of declining health. She was born in Malone, New York, Dec. 11, 1926, the daughter of Leo and Bernadette (Cowan) Robarge. Betty graduated from Franklin Academy and on Aug. 21, 1948 she married Leo F. Lavoie. Shortly after Betty and Leo were married they moved to Massena, New York, where she was employed by the New York Telephone Company as an operator. In 1952 Betty joined Alcoa Aluminum where she was an executive administrative assistant for 37 years until she retired in 1989. Betty then moved to Kennebunk to be near her family.

In her retired years, Betty volunteered her time at the Kennebunk Senior Center and Southern Maine Health Care (formerly Southern Maine Medical Center) in Biddeford. During her entire life, Betty was a person of strong faith and while in Kennebunk she was a congregant of St. Martha’s Parish.

In her spare time, Betty enjoyed reading, golf and taking walks on the beach with her friends. Betty also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and cat, puttering around her house and yard and was deemed the best pie baker in the family.

Betty was predeceased by her parents and then in 1981 after 33 years of marriage, her husband, Leo F. Lavoie passed away. Betty was also predeceased by her brother, Robert Robarge of Malone, New York.

Betty is survived by her son, David Lavoie, and wife, Rosemary, of Kennebunk; her sister-in-law, Peggy Robarge, of Malone, New York; three grandchildren, Michael Lavoie and his wife, Jennifer, of Pueblo, Colorado, Jessica Lavoie of New York City and Margeaux Lavoie of Waianae, Hawaii, along with many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Kennebunk Nursing and Rehabilitation Center who provided Betty with an extremely caring and supportive environment these last few weeks.

At Betty’s request there are no calling hours and a private funeral service and burial will be held in Malone, New York at a later date. Should friends choose, memorial donations in her name are encouraged to Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043 or to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk.

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