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WOODFORD -- After a full and adventuresome life, Mrs. Mary Delena Lauzon, 82, widow of William E. Lauzon, a resident of Woodford, died comfortably at her home on March 12, 2007.

Born in Boswell, Okla., Sept. 29, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Alice (Grussendorf) Burkett. She received her education in the Boswell schools, but later moved to Lubbock, Texas, growing up with her one brother, Robert Burkett Jr. and her four sisters, Dorothy Chaffin, Betty June Caminiti, Helen Clancy and Willie Mae Hoyt.

Mary met her husband, William Lauzon, in Lubbock, Texas, where, after she “fell in love with him when she first laid eyes on him,” they married on Feb. 7, 1943, in a chapel at the South Plains Army Flying School. After the tumultuous years of WWII, the couple settled in Bennington, in the late summer of 1946, where they spent 49 wonderful years as husband and wife.

In earlier years, Mr. and Mrs. Lauzon successfully built their own start-up company, Lauzon Machine and Engineering Co. Inc, which has since been handed down to and operated by their son, Larry Lauzon. The company was started in their home on Fillmore Street in 1956 and was later moved to its present location at 757 Main St. in the early 1970s.

During her venturesome life, Mary received nursing training in her formative years and graduated successfully from the Dale Carnegie School. Her hobbies were great and varied, from horseback riding and going to camp with her husband to collecting coins, sewing, purchasing shoes and traveling. She loved to reminisce about the fact that she had “eaten, slept and drank in all 50 states,” a claim which may have taken her a lifetime and an industrious spirit to acquire, but made her immensely happy. She loved her family dearly, gracing everyone with an unending generous spirit and affection.

Children of Mary and William include one son, Larry Lauzon of Bennington, and two daughters, Darlene Meyer of Sweetwater, Tenn., and Lorraine Thurber of Woodford, whose spouses include Michelle Lauzon, Allan Meyer and Robin Thurber. Other relatives include ten grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Mr. William Lauzon died on March 11, 1992, and after 15 years of “thinking of him everyday and missing him so much,” Mary Lauzon has followed her husband, probably to the unending refrain of their favorite song, “I Can’t Stop Loving You” by Ray Charles.

The funeral will be held at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 15, followed by a celebration at the Bennington Elks Lodge at 12 p.m.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, at which the family will be in attendance from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14. Burial will take place in the family lot in Woodford Cemetery in the spring.

Should friends desire to make contributions in memory of Mrs. Lauzon, they may do so through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201, to benefit Sacred Heart School and the Hospice of Bennington County Inc.

Information provided by the funeral home.

Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 13, 2007
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