SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

June 28, 2013

Irene Laurie, 90


Dunedin, FL — Irene M. Laurie died peacefully on June 12, 2013, in Center Barnstead, N.H., at the home of her son, Thomas Laurie. She was a resident of Dunedin, Fla., for the past 35 years.

She was born on September 6, 1922, in Beverly, Mass., to Arthur and Alma (L’Heureux) Godbout. She graduated from Beverly High School in 1939. In 1947, she married Walter E. Laurie and traveled around the world and the country following his Air Force career. She traveled to Japan by ship to join him where on January 15, 1953, her son, Thomas, was born.

Her husband, Ed, died on July 4, 1991. She will be greatly missed by her surviving family, son, Thomas Laurie and his wife, Martha; grandchildren, Annie Laurie of Portsmouth, N.H., and Erik Romansky of Dover, N.H.; her sister, Jean Sullivan; nephew, Garry Sullivan and his wife, Maryellen; niece, Laurie Sullivan; nephew, Michael Sullivan, all of Clearwater, Fla.; and other loving nieces, nephews and longtime friends.

She was devoted to her family. She and her son had an arrangement to talk on the phone every Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. for the past 35 years. They were thrilled when they got Skype and could see each other.

Irene was a woman with many talents and interests and she was admired for the way she lived so fully. She was living independently, driving and playing Bridge up until a month and half from her death. Her final advice to her granddaughter was to always laugh and have something enjoyable to look forward to.

She played golf at the Clearwater Country Club and served on the Board of Directors, was actively involved in the Retired Officer’s Wives and Widows Club, Clearwater Chapter, she was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Dundedin, she actively played duplicate bridge all her life, and she loved reading, movies, cooking, crafts and computers.

There was a private service with her immediate family. We will all miss her dearly.