Joan Doughty Lachance - age: 92
(June 29, 1931 to October 18, 2023
Joan (Doughty) Lachance passed away peacefully with her daughter by her side at the Inn of Atlantic Heights in Saco. Joan was born in Portland, Maine on June 29, 1931, to the late Evans and Geraldine Doughty.
She graduated from Deering High School and Chamberlain School in Boston.
Her work history included Porteous, Mitchell and Braun as a buyer and Blue Cross, Blue Shield as a supervisor until her children were born. She then became a “stay-at-home” Mom, which was her favorite role of all.
She married Robert Lachance in May, 1954. Due to his career with Nabisco and Wilson Tire, they resided in Bangor, ME…Shrewsbury, MA… Flanders, NJ and Lebanon, NH…returning to their roots in ME after his retirement. Robert preceded her passing after 56 years of marriage.
Joan was a member in the First Parish Congregational Church in Saco and Helping Hands (Shriners’ Wives) …and a volunteer at the Saco Food Pantry and Dyer Library, until becoming legally blind due to macular degeneration. Giving was at the core of her being.
She enjoyed reading (and later, listening to) books, crafts and socializing with friends, but her greatest joy was the time spent with her family. Her most valuable possessions were all the memories that she built throughout her blessed life. Although she became blind, she continued to see the beauty all around her and within everyone.
She loved “hugs, not handshakes” and said the only friends she didn’t have were the people that she hadn’t met yet.
Joan is survived by her son, Glenn and his fiancé, Cindy Sidebotham (Brookfield, CT), her daughter, Allison and husband Robert (Saco, ME), grandson, Andrew Schmidt and family (Essex Junction, VT), granddaughters Jennifer Lachance Poirrier and family (Berwyn, PA) and Jessica Schmidt Lim and family (Lawrenceville, NJ).
The family of Joan wish to thank all the angels and friends (they know who they are) who have given such great support to her and to us.
A private graveside memorial service is planned.
Memorial Gifts may be sent to:
Treasurer, State of Maine
Maine State Library
Talking Book Program
Augusta ME 04333-0064