1918 – 2015

VALHALLA, N.Y.—Laurette Provancher, 97, of Armonk, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 14, in Valhalla, N.Y., with her family by her side.

She was born on March 3, 1918, the daughter of Ludger and Rose-Aime Tardif Monier of Lewiston, where she had been a resident for most of her life. She graduated from La Cour Superieure (St. Dominic High School) and Acme Business College.

Laurette started her career at Philips Elmet, where she met and then married Arthur Provancher, the love of her life. They enjoyed playing bridge together and traveling, and Laurette especially loved to watch Arthur play tennis. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 17, 2007, just months before Arthur’s death.

Laurette held a number of secretarial positions but then worked as an unemployment claims administrator for the state of Maine, from which she retired in 1981 at the age of 63.

She was devoted to the Dominican Fathers of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, where she served in many capacities, including treasurer, followed by president of Les Dames de Sainte-Anne. She was elected “Mother of the Year” in 1975. In addition, she served as president of Les Anciennes (alumni group) of Saint Dominic High School, where she also chaired many fundraising events.

Laurette loved to cook, entertain and host family gatherings at her home at 82 Ash St. Although she did not participate in sports, she was an avid spectator and loved to watch tennis and especially hockey.

Laurette was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. She moved to Armonk, N.Y. in 1993 to live with her daughter and son-in-law. This gave her the opportunity to participate in activities with her only grandson, Philippe.

She loved cats, as well as the family poodle. She participated in The Church of St. Patrick of Armonk and volunteered in the CCD office.

Laurette is survived by her daughter, Jeanne Goulet; grandson, Philippe Goulet; son-in-law, Camille Goulet of Armonk, N.Y.; sister, Lorraine Gosselin and brother-in-law, Rene Gosselin of Plant City, Fla. Donations, condolences and a video tribute may be accessed online at www.albert-burpee.com.

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