Amesbury, MA — Barbara J. (Moore) Lagasse, beloved wife of the late Robert E. Lagasse, who died January 16, 2000, was eternally reunited with him early Sunday morning, December 15, 2013, when she passed away peacefully at Amesbury Village Nursing Home.
Born in Amesbury, October 6, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Raymond J. and Helene (Weare) Moore and was a graduate of Amesbury High School, Class of 1945, remaining actively involved throughout the years in planning her class reunions and reviewing scholarship applications.
Barbara was a very active and faithful member of Main Street Congregational Church where she sang in the choir, and was one of the founders of the Steppe-Up Inn thrift shop. She was an active volunteer and super shopper of the Inn, and until she died, bragged about her “bargain bags” of goodies. She loved taking part in the annual fashion show so that she could demonstrate what you could buy with a very small amount of money. She looked forward to the Holiday Fair and the Strawberry Festival, and worked at both events for many, many years. She was active with the Social Circle and thanks to her gal pals, Ruth, Marianne, and Liz, attended a meeting in the fall which thrilled her.
She was involved with the Amesbury Lions Club, where her husband, Bob, had served as secretary for many years. She attended all the club’s social events and was very supportive of all their activities. Additionally, Barbara volunteered with the Amesbury Alliance as well as Our Neighbors Table. In 1996, she and Bob were honored as Amesbury Citizens of the year.
One can never forget Barbara’s passion for the Boston Red Sox (she hated the beards this season) and the New England Patriots, or her true enthusiasm for the elements of each sport.
Barbara had a great sense of humor and always enjoyed a good laugh. She was very engaging and easy-going, turning strangers into friends in mere minutes with her amusing stories, jokes, tales of travels (her favorite were Italy and England), and of course the accolades for her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren who were her true pride. From her days as a telephone operator to cashiering at the A&P, and finally as a sales person at Towle’s 1690 House, her gregariousness made her a natural in dealing with all kinds of people.
With all her involvements within the community, she never failed to impress on her family how important they were to her. It was for them that she enriched her life so she could share with them her joys and excitements and laughter. Summer vacations at York Beach, impromptu picnic suppers, large extended family cook-outs and holiday dinners all brought her joy.
Barbara is survived by a son, Robert E. Lagasse, J. and wife, Carol of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a daughter, Susan Lagassee of Hartford, Conn.; four grandchildren, Kris Lagassee of Jacksonville, Fla., Kara Lagassee and fiance Jim Cotter of Exeter, N.H., Kyle McLaughlin and wife Debra of Roswell, Ga., and Kelli McLaughlin of Salisbury; along with nine great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. She will be truly missed by them all. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Robert S. Moore.
The family would like to acknowledge the many acts of kindness and support by her friends too numerous to mention during this past year. And special thanks and gratitude to the staffs at the Elizabeth Calsey House and Amesbury Village who went over and above to care for Barbara.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home will be Saturday, December 28, 2013, from 2 to 5 p.m. A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Main Street Congregational Church. Interment in Union Cemetery, Amesbury, will be private for the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Main Street Congregational Church, 145 Main Street, Amesbury, MA 01913.