Audrey Janice Bovard
April 16, 1933 – December 25, 2023
Audrey Janice (Lamott) Bovard passed away peacefully with family by her side on Christmas Day. Audrey loved nothing more than to have her family together and her wish was fulfilled as she spent her final months in her daughter’s home in Nebraska in the company of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Audrey was born on Easter Sunday, April 16, 1933, in her family home in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, to Eloise A. (Page) and George H. Lamott. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her siblings: Muriel Hunt, Eleanor Sturtevant, and George Lamott Jr.; and her former husband William B. Bovard.
She is survived by and will be dearly missed by her five children: Bill (and Jeannette) Bovard of Pasadena California, George Bovard (and partner Kim Porter) of Port Orange, Florida, Sandi (and Ted) Topolski of Omaha, Carol (and John) Karol of Chicopee Massachusetts, and Susan (and Shawn) Asselin of Riverside, Connecticut; daughter-in-law: Karen Sayre of Grand Junction, Colorado; twelve grandchildren: Crystal (and Daniel) Shelby of Missouri, Michelle (and Dave) Allen of California, Diane Topolski (and Kinsley Johnson) of California, Lizzy (and Aaron) Argier of California, Danielle (and Bryant) Feterl of Nebraska, Caitlin Bovard (and partner Daniil Gladkovich) of Colorado, Matthew Topolski of Nebraska, Shawn Aselin (and fiancée Yustyna Bobak) of Massachusetts, William M. Bovard of Colorado, Jeffrey Aselin (and partner Jenn Whitehill) of Connecticut, Jessica Aselin of South Carolina, and Jason (and Klara) Karol of Massachusetts; and twelve great grandchildren: Caleb, Olivia, Zeke, Conor, Clara, Oliver, Veda, Eden, Barrett, Theo, Jakub, and Adam. She had two angel grandchildren who went before her: Brielle and Bella. She will also be missed by many nieces and nephews and their families and many friends.
Audrey grew up in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, a self-proclaimed “beach bum” where she was proud to be the Fire Chief’s daughter. She attended Hampton Academy & High School and especially enjoyed and excelled at math. She married William Brooks Bovard in 1951 and began working in an office at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Her husband’s career with the Air Force soon brought them to Chicopee, Massachusetts, where she was busy raising their five children. Audrey was fearless and often launched and captained the family’s ski boat The Fugitive on the Connecticut River. In 1970, the family moved to California where Audrey enjoyed having pool parties, driving the Winnebago on camping trips, and square dancing. In 1972, Audrey and family moved to Nebraska, where she enjoyed dancing and waterskiing. In addition to full-time mothering, Audrey held part-time jobs in banking and office administration. In 1975, Audrey moved back to Chicopee. Audrey worked for Mass Mutual Insurance Company, retiring from the Pension Department in 1993. She was an avid needle pointer, painter and quilter. She and her sister Ellie sang in the choir and enjoyed many activities and groups at her church, First Central Bible Church. Audrey particularly loved ‘lobstah’ and chocolate and the Boston Red Sox. She was forever proud of her heritage and New Hampshire accent. She was a Daughter of the American Revolution.
Audrey especially valued her role as a mother and “Grambo” and was always excited to celebrate a birthday or holiday with as many people as possible. She made us feel special but raised us to be humble. She made for us a happy home where we all felt loved. Mom – you will be with us in spirit on every holiday and birthday and all of the days in between.
Services will be in the spring with burial at the High Street Cemetery in Hampton, New Hampshire. Please check back here for details.
Donations in Audrey’s honor can be made to Endless Journey Hospice in Omaha, Nebraska; the First Central Bible Church in Chicopee, Massachusetts; or to or the charity of your choice.