Andreé Marie (Flemming) Laird (1925 - 2013)

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A bright light in the lives of many was dimmed on Saturday, June 22, 2013 when Jesus called home his good and faithful servant Andreé Marie (Flemming) Laird. With her children at her side, in love and peace, Andreé's death was as graceful and spirit-filled as was her life.

Andreé was born to William and Margaret (McCarthy) Flemming on June 19, 1925 in Butte, Mont., and died in Minneapolis while visiting family. She graduated from Girls' Central High School and attended St. Mary's College in Kansas before being employed as a social worker in Kalispell. After marrying the love of her life, Frank "Joe" Laird, Andreé devoted her life and many special gifts to God, the Blessed Mother, family, church, and community, and did it all with a zest for life, a quick wit, and an irrepressible sense of humor. She loved music and dancing, was an avid bridge player, and traveled frequently right up to the end of her life in order to spend time with her children and grandchildren. Wherever she lived, she volunteered tirelessly and with a deep and compassionate commitment to the needs of others. But most significant of all, Andreé's life was a living template for continuous and humble engagement in daily acts of kindness to others. It is no wonder that she touched so many people in her life.

Andreé was preceded in death by her beloved spouse of 51 years, Frank "Joe" Laird Jr; her son Dr. Frank J. Laird III; her parents; her brother, Father William Flemming; her sister, Carol Vogelsang, her brother-in-law, Edward (Ned) Laird, and her sister-in-law, Mary Frances (Laird) Jeske.

She is survived by three generations of family who have been fortunate enough to receive endless love and countless blessings from her throughout her life. Her children are Laurie Averill (Dan) of Bigfork, Margot Laird of Minneapolis, Maureen Laird-Hayes (Steve) of Minneapolis, Sean Flemming Laird of New York City, and daughter-in-law, Julie Laird of San Diego. Her grandchildren are Sean Averill of Whitefish, Brian Averill (Fabienne) of Whitefish, Adam Tubbs (Kelsey) of Seattle, Gareth Tubbs of Fort Collins, Colo.; Allana, Brett, and Tess Hayes of Minneapolis, and (Frank) Joseph and Carly Laird of San Diego. Her great-grandson is Laird Averill of Whitefish.

Andreé is also survived by her brother, John D. Flemming (Mary Ellen) of Stoneridge, N.Y.; brother-in-law, Jack Laird (Kay) of Pocasset, Mass.; sister-in-law, Sister Eileen Laird of Monroe, N.Y.; and sister-in-law, Mary Laird of Billings, Mont.

Andreé's remarkable life will be remembered and celebrated during a special rosary on Sunday, June 30 at 7 p.m. and a funeral mass on Monday, July 1 at 11 a.m. Both services will be held at Blessed John Paul II Catholic Church in Bigfork, Mont. A reception immediately following the funeral mass will also be held at the church. In addition, a permanent guest book has been established at Legacy.com where memories and tributes to Andreé can be recorded and shared by the many whose lives she has irrevocably touched.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests mass memorials or donations to the Council of Catholic Women (CCW) at Blessed John Paul II Catholic Church, P.O. Box 277, Bigfork, MT 59911 or to the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, Marycrest Convent, Box 658, Monroe, NY 10949.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 26, 2013
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