Betty McLeod Lanoue

July 13, 1933February 10, 2021

Topsham, ME - Betty Lanoue lost her battle with cancer on February 10, 2021 with her children by her side. Betty will be remembered for her sense of humor, strength, and positive attitude.

Betty was born in Johnston, Rhode Island to William and Helen McLeod on July 13, 1933. She lived there with her parents and older sister, Jean. She attended Tufts University, and received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. She married Richard “Pete” on June 30, 1956. Together they raised a family of three children. They were married for 57 years.

Betty excelled at propping up her family and supporting them through the many passions and difficulties of their lives. Whether that was supporting Pete through starting a business, she made it her mission to improve the lives of others.

Betty and Pete lived in many different places until they settled in California, returning to Maine after retirement. She was always a New Englander at heart.

Betty was passionate about knitting and when she wasn’t filling her home with warmth and kindness, she could be found at the children’s hospital or food pantry volunteering. She also enjoyed playing cards, making puzzles, and gardening. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church. We will miss her greatly.

She was excited to move into the Lodge at Highlands. She wanted to have interactions with others and be involved in activities. She loved playing bridge and cribbage with her friends and doing puzzles in the hallway.

She is survived by her sister Jean McLeod Dill, her children Suzanne Lanoue Barnes, Robert Lanoue and wife Sandy, Helen Lanoue Baldwin and husband Scott, her grandchildren Andrew Barnes, Ben Barnes and wife Quinn, Rachel “Jordan” Lanoue, Sawyer Baldwin, and her great-granddaughter Bella Barnes. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Donald Lanoue, and sister-in-law Anne “Cokey” Webber and her husband Bob. She was preceded in death by her father William McLeod, her mother Helen McLeod, her husband Richard Lanoue, and her sister-in-law Joy Lanoue.

In lieu for flowers, donations can be made to Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland, ME or your local food pantry


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Anita Taylor

February 21, 2021

I remember well working with both Pete and Betty at the South Portland Food Cupboard. They were wonderful people. I especially miss working with Betty every Wednesday. She was sad to leave the food cupboard when she moved to Topsham but excited to start a new chapter in her life. She was a sweet, quiet, lovely women. She will be missed. I will donate to the SP Food Cupboard in her memory.

Jean dill

February 20, 2021

Our father often said, "No son of mine, will....", so my mother thought she did the right thing by having two daughters.

Betty was always thoughtful about others. She was good with people. My mother was always proud of her for that. Betty was that kind of a person, for her whole life.

Memories from Betty's Sister.

cindy dill

February 20, 2021

Every cardinal has always brought my mind to Betty. Her cheerful smile, deep laughter and bright heart and New England spirit are captured in this birds bright colors and cheerful song.

Jill Silke

February 19, 2021

My condolences to the family. I always enjoyed my time spent with Betty and she will be terribly missed.

Melodie Foster

February 19, 2021

Betty was one in a million! She was my friend, mentor, and confidante. Tuesdays are not the same without our weekly phone
chats. The world is a better place because of Betty. And I know I am a better woman because of her.
She fought bravely against her cancer and is now at peace and no longer suffering. Her legacy and memories will live on in our hearts and I pray that her family will find comfort in their memories and in the love of family and friends surrounding them.

Judy Kimball

February 18, 2021

I have so many wonderful memories of time spent with Betty, from church bean suppers to T-Party gatherings to road trips to Melodie's. Betty was a straight shooter with a heart a mile wide and she touched so many lives. She and Pete became friends when Pete mentored our son Jesse for his confirmation. Betty & Pete contributed so much to Thornton Heights Church over the years. I'll really miss her. Blessings and comfort to her wonderful well-loved family.