Laurette J. Howard

Mar 11, 2019
Laurette Howard

Camden — Laurette J. Howard, 99, died peacefully, surrounded by her loved ones, a month shy of her 100th birthday, Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at Sussman Hospice House in Rockport.

Born April 11, 1919, in Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada, she was the daughter of Henry and Amerilda Marcotte Gagne. Moving to America at an early age, Laurette spent most of her early years in the Saco/Biddeford area.

On Feb. 1, 1940, she married Francis M. Howard in Biddeford.

A devoted homemaker, Laurette was employed in her earlier years with the WPA and later at the former Trull Hospital in Biddeford. Together with her husband, she was a longtime member of the former Notre Dame Catholic Church in Saco.

Moving to Rockland in 1959, Laurette enjoyed crocheting, playing cards and listening to many genres of music. She was a fabulous cook and loved improving her home. She was an ardent soap opera fan and watched "General Hospital" for more than 50 years. Laurette was especially proud of getting a job at Holmes Packing in Rockland in 1978 until it closed. She loved packing sardines and later in life would often say, “If the place hadn’t burned down, I’d still be there!”

One of her favorite pastimes was spending time at the casinos, especially in Atlantic City. She took this trip twice a year until 2001, when she and her sister were unable to return home because of the 9/11 attack in New York.

She was spunky and active, and enjoyed taking a walk every day. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Predeceased by her husband, Francis, in 2003; her daughter Jean in 2012; two brothers, Paul Gagne, Roland Gagne; five sisters, Angela Paradise, Eleanor Huot, Gertrude Perkins, Cecile Dupont, Theresa Lamprion; Laurette is survived by a sister, Irene Lemelin, of Saco; brother Andrew Gagne of Hollis; son Francis Jr.; grandchildren Steven, his wife, Amy, and Billy; a great-granddaughter, Kimberly; and many nieces and nephews.

Laurette will be laid to rest beside her husband at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco in the spring.

Arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.

To share a memory with the Howard family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.

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