Laurette P. Parent


Auburn – Laurette P. Parent, 84, of 29 Arkwright Ave., Lewiston, passed away Monday, Jan. 22, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Jan. 10, 1923, in St. Honore Shenley, Quebec, the daughter of Alcide and Melina (Nadeau) Pelletier. She came to the United States at the age of one year and became a U.S. citizen at the age of 16.

She attended St. Mary’s grammar school and Lewiston High School. She graduated from Pelletier’s Beauty School and worked as a beautician for Provencher’s Beauty Salon for many years.

On May 24, 1948, she married Leo E. Parent. They owned Parent Furniture Co. for more than 40 years. Together they raised two daughters, Doreen and Denise. They were very fortunate during their lifetime to have traveled extensively here in the United States and abroad.

Her husband, Leo, passed away on July 4, 1994, after 46 years of marriage.

She belonged to several organizations during her lifetime such as a member of Saints Peter and Paul Parish, Ladies of St. Anne Sodality, Patronesses of St. Mary’s Hospital, Ladies of Charity, l’association Canado-Americaine, La Survivance Francaise, Daughters of Isabella and Horizon 55.

Her greatest enjoyment in life were her children and especially her grandchildren, Ryan Gagnon and Ashley and Ethyn Brodeur, whom she was so very proud of. Entertaining family and friends was one of her greatest pleasures. Many Christmas revellions and parties will be fondly remembered and her attention to detail made her a great hostess. She also found playing cards with her special friends a great pastime.

She is survived by her two loving daughters, Doreen (Parent) Gagnon, and her husband, Robert and Denise (Parent) Brodeur, and her husband, Normand; three grandchildren, Ryan R. Gagnon, Ashley L.P. Brodeur and Ethyn N. P. Brodeur, and his fiancée, Julianna Gagnon; two sisters, Collette Berube, and husband, Gilbert and Anita Giard; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Leo; her parents; a sister, Muriel Custeau; brothers, (John) Jean Baptiste Pelletier, Albanie Pelletier and Roland Pelletier; and a special friend, George Langlais.