Joan Rice Lausier, 68

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SCARBOROUGH — Joan Rice Lausier, 68, of Scarborough, died Feb. 21 following a brief battle with leukemia.

She was born March 22, 1944, in Liverpool, England, to Charles and Ellen Rice. 

In January 1972, she met the love of her life, Paul R. Lausier of Augusta, in Augsburg, Germany, where he was stationed following his return from the Vietnam War. They married the following August.

While her husband’s career took him up and down the East Coast, Lausier worked at Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Presque Isle and Loretto Geriatric Center in Syracuse, N.Y. The couple finally settled in Scarborough in 1980.

In Maine, Lausier worked for the law firm of Troubh, Heisler & Pampiano for 18 years, and later as a trust administrator for Spinnaker Trust. She retired to join her husband in their jointly owned business, Oak Hill Beverage in Scarborough.

Lausier loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and traveling with her husband to visit family and friends. She listened to all kinds of music, loved to dance, was an avid reader and enjoyed cooking. Above all, she had a deep and abiding belief in her Catholic faith.

She was predeceased by her son, Dennis, in May 2010, and also by her parents, a brother and a sister. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Paul; son Craig and his wife, Laura of Vienna, Va.; grandchildren Kora, Tyler, Aiden and Brennan; a sister, Margaret; brothers Tom and Cahal; and many nephews and nieces.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605, or to the Melanoma Foundation of New England, 11 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner, Suite 1005, Concord, MA 01742.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Thursday at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Scarborough. Lausier will be laid to rest in the spring at Black Point Cemetery, Scarborough.  

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