Audrey Bovard

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.

 

21 Comments

  • Patricia Asselin Posted December 31, 2023 8:01 am

    My heart goes out to Audrey and her family…May she forever rest in peace💜

    • Sue Asselin Posted January 1, 2024 9:37 pm

      Thank you, Pat. Mom admired your DIY ambition, which you two had in common.

  • Holly S. Blair Posted December 31, 2023 2:54 pm

    Sending much love, hugs, and prayers. Audrey was a member of my Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter, Springfield, MA. we have. many fond memories, rest in peace my friend.

    • carol karol Posted January 6, 2024 3:14 pm

      Thank you, Holly. Mom was proud to be in DAR, and we had nice times together there.

  • MARGARET SUPERNEAU Posted December 31, 2023 3:37 pm

    Dear Carol, Sending sincere condolences to you and your family. Audrey was an important part of our DAR Chapter, and we will miss her.

    • Carol Karol Posted January 6, 2024 3:16 pm

      Thank you, Margaret. We had many nice times at the DAR activities.

  • Colleen Alfano Posted January 1, 2024 6:43 am

    Dear Sue, from reading this obituary, it sounds like you were a lot like your mother. I only met her a few times, but she seemed like such a lovely person. My condolences to you and the whole family. You are in my prayers.

    • Sue Asselin Posted January 1, 2024 9:38 pm

      Thank you, Colleen. We appreciate that.

  • Tara Fontanella Posted January 2, 2024 2:20 pm

    Dear Carol,

    We are saddened to hear of you and your family’s loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the days, weeks and months ahead. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance to you and your family during this time. With sympathy, Tara

    • carol karol Posted January 6, 2024 3:20 pm

      Thank you, Tara. I hope to be back participating in DAR meetings soon. I have many great memories of mom with the Mercy Warren DAR chapter.

  • maria capuano Posted January 2, 2024 4:14 pm

    Carol and family. I am sorry for the loss of your mama.I will always remember how happy she was the few times I spent with her. Much love maria

    • Carol Karol Posted January 6, 2024 3:22 pm

      Thank you, Maria. I know you also lost your mama recently, too, and you were so close to her. Take care.

  • Kelly Dugas Posted January 2, 2024 10:14 pm

    Condolences 💐 to the Bovard Family and the Mercy Warren Chapter NSDAR from the Joseph Coolidge Chapter.

  • Sam Farrell Posted January 3, 2024 7:48 am

    I am so so very sorry for your loss. She was / is an amazing woman! May Gods arms wrap you in his endless love and May your memories bring you peace , laughter and a settled heart until you meet again .

    • sandi topolski Posted January 10, 2024 1:26 pm

      Sam. thank you so much for your kind words. She sure enjoyed many events here in Omaha (and Orlando) supporting our kids. Her grandkids were her joy!

  • Marilyn Asselin Posted January 3, 2024 8:56 am

    Sue and Family, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. The story of her life history is just beautiful – describing an amazing woman dedicated to her family, friends, crafts and service through the DAR. She has had a positive impact on so many lives. May you all take comfort in the memories that you shared with her and carry her memory to sustain your strength as you move forward. Marilyn

  • Barb Wilkov Posted January 3, 2024 9:31 am

    Dear Sue, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Sending my condolences to you and your entire family.

  • sharon paris Posted January 3, 2024 12:59 pm

    Dear Sue I’m sorry for your loss you are in my prayer
    you are a nice person to know hope to run in to you someday at the church

  • Beatrice Nutt Posted January 3, 2024 6:52 pm

    My condolences to your family. Audrey had a wonderful life and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    Beatrice Carolyn Nutt
    Massachusetts DAR State Regent

    • Carol Karol Posted January 6, 2024 3:27 pm

      Thank you for your kind thoughts. We enjoyed many DAR events together..

  • Maria Baertschi Posted February 16, 2024 10:08 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I loved the time I got to spend with and care for Audrey at the Arbors and will miss her greatly. I send my condolences to you and your family- Maria

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