Elaine Theresa Lavoie

May 14, 1937February 25, 2019

Elaine Theresa (Thebodeau) Lavoie passed away in the early hours of February 25 after a brief illness. She was born on May 14, 1937, to the late Carlton and Margaret (Fecteau) Thebodeau in Richford, VT. Her family moved around before settling in Hudson, NH. She attended Alvirne High School as a member of its first class of students when it opened.

She married Lionel I. Lavoie Sr. on July 10th, 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was stationed in the army. They met when they both worked at J.F. McElwain, prior to his enlistment. They moved back to Nashua, building a home she lived in for the rest of her life. They remained married until his death in October 1999. Together, they had four children. She was later employed at the Holiday Inn of Nashua as Executive Housekeeper until her retirement. Elaine was the beloved Mother of Marianne (Lawrence) Artz of Nashua, Lionel (Tammy) Lavoie of Brookline, John Lavoie of Nashua, and Dawn (Marcel) Lamothe of Raymond, NH. She loved all of her children.

She is survived by her four children, as well as her grandchildren, their spouses, and her great grandchildren: Patrick Lavoie, Daniel (Amanda) Artz, Jonathan (Danielle) Artz, Matthew Artz, Jacob Lavoie, Zachary Fournier, Chance Lavoie, Katie Artz, Cole Lavoie, Benjamin Lamothe, Joshua Lamothe, Alexander Lamothe, Aidan Lamothe, and Emiliana Lamothe. Her great grandchildren were Haileigh Artz and Elliana Artz. In addition, her two sisters, Gloria Bowles and Donna (George) Christilaw, as well as sisters in law: Ida Lavoie, who was also her friend and her church partner after they were both widowed, Elaine C. Lavoie, Rosalie Lavoie, Jean Thebodeau, and Marty Thebodeau. Her extended family includes many cousins, nieces, and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, husband and brothers Kenwood, Carlton (“Sonny”), Raymond (“Skip”), and Robert (“Bobby”) Thebodeau.

Elaine was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1985 at the age of 47, coping with it the way she did everything. She never pitied herself. The diagnosis never defined her. She lived a bold life because of it. It lead her to taking her first trip to Disney, which became her favorite place to vacation. She shared it with her husband before his death and her family for the rest of her life. Her last trip was earlier this month, a sort of “farewell tour” with her daughter Dawn. While in Disney this year, she was tickled pink to wear her Patriots hat, especially after cheering them on in the Super Bowl, never once doubting Tom Brady and the rest of the team. She also enjoyed watching the Red Sox and NASCAR.

Elaine didn’t have the easiest life, from growing up poor to working hard in adulthood, but she was one of the happiest people you could know. She loved to tell stories of her childhood, with the classic walking in the snow to get the groceries for her mother being one of her favorites. She was full of sass, sarcasm, puns, and “pith and vinegar,” as she’d say. Her favorite people shared that sense of humor. She loved all of her grandchildren, and never hesitated to get down on the floor and play with them. She especially loved being able to babysit her great granddaughter, Haileigh, for the last two years.

The family would like to thank the Saint Joseph Cancer Center for all the years of support and care they provided, especially Tina, Karen, and Dr. Voltz. Thanks for the laughs and the loving care.

An hour of visitation will be held on Monday, March 4, 2019 from 9am-10am, with a Mass of Christian Burial taking place at 10am at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 777 W. Hollis St. Nashua. Burial will immediately follow at St. Louis Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Corpus Christi Food Pantry, a charity she always supported.

We love you, we miss you. Until we meet again.


  • Visitation Monday, March 4, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, March 4, 2019
  • Burial Monday, March 4, 2019

Elaine Theresa Lavoie

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Judith Gilbert

February 28, 2019

For Elaine's family- I expect you do not remember me, I am your Aunt Lilly's granddaughter- Duane's daughter. I have some wonderful memories of my Aunt Margaret and visiting with her in Hudson, and also when she lived in Milford, and was happy to reconnect with your mom Elaine at my father's celebration of life in 2008. We exchanged Christmas cards for a time, and she shared memories of my dad and uncles David (2010) and Douglas (2012) and growing up in Hudson. I am sorry for your loss, it can be very difficult. Your cousin, Judy (Brown) Gilbert

Renee St.Onge-McLaughlin

February 27, 2019

Dawn and family I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. The few times I’ve seen her she was a very nice and funny lady. May you R.I.P
Renee Corina and Cathryna

Cathleen McQuiston

February 27, 2019

I remember many dance outings, recitals, competitions she was a very sweet lady always their to support her grandchildren. She was a wonderful lady who I am happy to have met and shared snacks with during competitions. She always had a kind word and a wonderful outlook on life. She will be greatly missed. My love and sympathy goes out to Marianne and her entire family you will all have her memories to comfort you in such a difficult time. She will always hold a very special place in our hearts as well.

Cathy and Sarah McQuiston

Amy Stoddard

February 27, 2019

Boy I remember as a little girl staying at Aunt Elaine's. I remember one weekend in particular, the first time I ever had kielbasa. I got up in the middle of the night and snuck into the frig to eat more of that delicious stuff and promptly threw up later that night. Aunt Gloria helped me clean up and Aunt Elaine never made me feel like a bad girl. Oh, and the cakes! Not sure what I loved more the doll cakes for my birthday or sitting on her counter watching her decorate wedding cakes with those little silver balls that she always shared. What a wonderful lady!
Thinking of you all with love, Amy