, Newburyport, MA

August 27, 2013

Lois Goodrich, 86

Chelsea, VT, and formerly of Amesbury, MA — Lois Jean Goodrich, 86 of Chelsea, Vt., and formerly of Amesbury, Mass., died on Friday, August 23, 2013, at the Berlin Health & Rehabilitation Center in Berlin, Vt.

Lois was born on July 16, 1927, and was the daughter of Franklin H. and Iva M. (Johnson) Sargent. She lived in Amesbury most of her life.

She graduated from Amesbury High School in 1945. After high school, she worked at the Sears and Roebuck Order Office and the Briggs Insurance Agency, both in Amesbury. She married George E. Goodrich on November 27, 1946. While George was attending the Wentworth Institute in Cambridge, Mass., under the GI Bill, their son was born in 1947, and the family moved to Schenectady, N.Y., for employment. After four years, the family moved back to Amesbury.

Lois enjoyed raising her family of three boys, George D., Gene E., Gregg S., and one girl, Gay Lynn. Lois sewed quite extensively, making clothes for her family and relatives. Her other hobbies included braiding rugs, hiking and camping in New Hampshire and Vermont. George and Lois also enjoyed attending the many sporting events of their grandchildren. They retired to Vermont in 1986.

She is survived by her husband, George E. Goodrich, of 66 years; three sons, George D. Goodrich and his wife, Ruth Ann of Schenectady, N.Y., Gene E. Goodrich and his wife, Michele of Amesbury, Gregg S. Goodrich and his wife, Dianne, of Gorham, Maine; a daughter, Gay

Lynn and her husband, Mark Cartier of W. Ossipee, N.H.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; a sister, Beverly Fogg of Hampstead, N.H.; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and a sister, Persis McLaughlin.

ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 28, at 11 a.m., at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel, Randolph Center, Vt., with Rev. Sam Newton officiating. The burial will be held immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the United Church of Chelsea, P.O. Box 98, Chelsea, VT 05038. Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at