Lucille "Lou" Mary Lamothe Carrier, age 91, passed away on 25 July, 2018 at the John F. Keever Jr. Solace Center in Asheville, N.C. A native of Vermont, she was born on 18 January, 1927, the only child of the late Elphege Joseph and Louise Mary Boulrice Lamothe of Montpelier Vermont. She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond Carrier at age 77 in 2000, her son Rene Carrier at age 61 in 2011, and Philip Carrier at age 70 in 2017.
Part of her youth was spent growing up on her parents’ farm in Barre, Vermont. She attended St. Monica Catholic School and Spaulding High School.
She married Raymond "Ray" Carrier on 30 November, 1946 in St. Monica Catholic Church. They had three children, Philip, Diane, and Rene and later divorced. She married Alvin Herbert Wendt and had two children, Barbara and Gary. Lou and Alvin divorced, and she remarried Ray in 1979 when she resettled in Barre, Vermont.
After she married Alvin, she lived in Valparaiso, FL for a year, Henlow Beds, England for three years and in San Antonio, TX for 7 years, where she continued to live for 13 years following their divorce. Her professional career was mainly in finance. After returning to Barre she held the position of Treasurer/Manager at the Central Vermont Medical Center Credit Union for eight years until her retirement at 65. She also volunteered as the treasurer for the Civil Air Patrol in the Barre area.
She and Ray lived an adventurous life extensively traveling both in their Commanche 400 airplane and three increasingly larger motor homes. She loved telling stories of her trips to Alaska, the first trip in their plane and the second in their motor home. They enjoyed pontoon boating on Lake Champlain, and the whole family shared in these happy and fun occasions. They toured through the picturesque back roads of Vermont on their Honda touring motorcycle, took snow mobile trips to enjoy Canada’s snow mobile highways and the wooded trails of Vermont. She and Ray also owned and flew their own Hiller helicopter in the skies of Vermont.
Lucille was extremely independent and made of tough Vermont stock. She never had time to be bored. She was a prolific reader and loved playing cards and games. She had a fondness for cats and had several over the years. She was an excellent cook and hostess and all were welcome in her home. She took great pleasure in watching football, tennis, golf and the yearly Tour de France cycling race. She loved feeding the birds and enjoyed spending time under her special “umbrella” tree on her deck. She considered herself a political junkie. She thought of herself as an excellent driver and was known for driving extremely fast. She dreamed of driving a race car, but everyone was afraid to ride with her!
After Ray’s passing in January 2000, she remained in the family home until moving to Asheville, N.C. in 2012 to live near her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Robert Vassian. She loved her independent new life and, at 90, was still driving and taking care of her own affairs; thank you very much! After her health began to fail, Barbara and Robert cared for her in their home under hospice care. She passed away after a prolonged illness at the John F. Keever Jr. Solace Center in Asheville, N.C.
She is survived by her daughters Diane Carrier, Barbara Vassian (Robert), and her son Gary Wendt. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Colby (Kim) and Jason (Jennifer) Pew, Aaron Wendt, Kristin (Gary) Walker, Danielle and Cody Carrier as well as five great grandchildren, Tanner, Whitney, Hunter and Cooper Pew, and Abigail Walker.
A funeral mass will be held 11 August, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Eugene’s Catholic Church in Asheville, N.C. officiated by The Reverend Father C. Morris Boyd. There will be a reception following.
A graveside service will be held on 14 September, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. officiated by The Reverend Father John Milanese at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph, Vermont. Following the service, her remains will be interred with her husband, Raymond Carrier. There will be a reception following. Location to be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice Services, 68 Sweeten Creek R., Asheville, NC 28813.