Lorraine Averill Leonard, age 69, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday August 31, 2019 surrounded by her three children. Lorraine was born on Martha's Vineyard in 1949, the youngest daughter of the late Preston Averill Sr. and Eileen (Dubuque) Averill.
Lorraine is survived by her children Robert Leonard of Pembroke, MA, Tracy Leonard of Groton, MA, and Kenneth Leonard of Kensington, NH, as well as her daughters-in-law Nancy Leonard and Jennifer Leonard, and grandchildren Kaitlyn, Kevin, Chloe, and Annabelle. Lorraine is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law Preston and Diana Averill of Oak Bluffs, MA, along with several nephews and a niece.
"Municipal Lorraine" as her children lovingly referred to her, was very involved in town and local governments and with her church, St. Andrews in Ayer. She held various town accounting positions, was Finance Director for the town of Harvard, and happily became Dunstable's town accountant as her "retirement job" in addition to serving on numerous retirement, town and school board committees. She loved taking her dog Fluffernutter for long walks and spoiling her grandchildren. She grew up on Martha's Vineyard, loved horses, spending long days at the beach, and spreadsheets.
She was a dedicated, generous, and selfless person. Lorraine will be greatly missed, and clearly had a huge impact on many, as evidenced by the hundreds of cards she received and overwhelming offers of love and support during her last months.
Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Lorraine for a period of memorial visitation on Saturday September 7, 2019 from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM in the Badger Funeral Home, 45 School Street, Groton, MA. A memorial service will immediately follow at St Andrews Church, 7 Faulkner Street, Ayer, MA at 5:00 PM. People of all faiths are welcome, and there will be a reception to follow the service.
Interment will take place on Friday September 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm in the New Westside Cemetery in Edgartown, MA with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lorraine may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or online at www.cancer.org