Claire M. Allard


LEWISTON – Claire M. Allard, of Lewiston went to be with the Lord on July 15, after a short, but courageous battle with lung cancer.

She was born in Hudson, Mass., Sept. 9, 1929, the daughter of Leo Lerette and Adrienne Gagnon. She moved to Lewiston at a young age, where she attended St. Joseph’s School and Lewiston High School. At the age of 15, she began her lifelong career as a waitress. She married the late Lawrence Michaud in 1946, with whom she shared four wonderful children. Years later, she married the late Benoit Allard.

She was a hard worker with a total of 62 years dedicated to waitressing. She worked at the Ramada Inn, The Harvest House, Martindale, Black Bull Steak House, and most recently at Julienne’s. Throughout her career, she established lifelong friendships with many of her co-workers, and bosses, Kim and Cristel Negm and Don Hebert, whom she was quite fond of. To those that worked with her, she was known as “Ma.”

She enjoyed spending time in Old Orchard Beach with her grandchildren and sisters. She loved to go to Atlantic City and Foxwoods with her sister and best friend Gloria Donahue. She was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and Tiger Woods. She enjoyed playing “Texas Hold’em,” daily crosswords, and word jumbles in the newspaper, and wouldn’t miss a day without a lottery ticket in hand.

She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She was a beautiful person inside and out, who loved life as well as everyone who surrounded her.

She is survived by her three loving children, son, Larry Michaud of Lisbon; daughters, Kathy Gagne, and her husband, Joe, of Greene, Sherry Flammia, and her husband, Mike, of Standish; a brother, Raymond Lerette, and his wife, Lois, of Bowdoin; two sisters, Gloria Donahue of Lewiston and Doris Rioux of Lisbon; her grandchildren, Gary, Heather and husband, Derek, Kristen, Joe II, Patrick and Michael; and a great-grandson, Andrew Gatlin.

She was predeceased by both parents; her husband, Benoit Allard; a niece, Nancy Donahue; and a daughter, Barbara Barnett, whom she missed dearly.