MANCHESTER - Sarah Elliott Rousseau died unexpectly on Jan. 7, 2015.
The most important part of Sarah's life was her family. She tried for years to become a mother and that dream came true when Gretl Elliott Rousseau was born on Nov. 20, 2014. Sarah knows that Gretl will be lovingly cared for by her family. Sarah leaves behind her husband, Adam A. Rousseau; her mother, Constance Allard Elliott; and her sister, Laura Elliott Johnson, along with her daughters Grace and Audrey Johnson. She will be missed greatly by her mother-in-law, Cindy Rousseau; and brother-in-law, Joshua Rousseau. Sarah's extended family, although large, was extremely close-knit, and she will be forever in the hearts of many aunts, uncles and cousins, most importantly Muriel Allard, Chip and Linda Allard, along with Tom Rousseau and Nancy Bolton.
She was born in Manchester on Aug. 22, 1975. She graduated from Trinity High School in 1993 and Notre Dame College in 1997. She devoted over 20 years of her life to her other "family" at Alpha-Bits Learning Center. As a director, teacher and friend to all the families at her school, "Miss Sarah" will be missed by many, many children that she loved so fiercely each and every day.
Sarah's vivacious and beautiful personality lit up any room. She loved her home that she and her husband lovingly restored here in Manchester. She also loved her home that she shared with her family in Naples, Fla., where she always enjoyed the sunshine and time on the ocean.
She was predeceased by her father, Robert L. Elliott, in 2004; and her father-in-law, David A. Rousseau, in 2012; her cousin, Andrew J. Allard, in 2007; and most recently, the man who walked her down the aisle on her wedding day, her cousin Matthew L. Allard, in 2015.
SERVICES: A celebration of Sarah's life will be held Saturday, Jan. 17, at Manchester Country Club in Bedford. It will begin with a prayer service at 10 a.m., followed by a reception. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gretl Elliott Rousseau Educational Fund in care of William G. Belezos, Wells Fargo, 138 Conant St., 4th Floor, Beverly, MA 01915.
The J.N Boufford & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For more information and an online guest book, please visit www.bouffordfuneralhome.com
Published by Union Leader on Jan. 11, 2015.