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Lillian (Temple) Denault Lacrosse of Danville, N.H., passed away peacefully on February 22, 2017, at Hyder House Hospice in Dover, N.H., after a courageous battle with cancer. Lillian was born in Somerville, Mass., on January 14, 1933, and was one of five children of the late Ruth (Hilson) Temple and Raymond Temple. Lillian graduated from Wilmington High School in 1952. She and her first husband, Roscoe Denault, settled in Wilmington, where they raised their four children.
After raising her family she worked at Digital where she started out doing office cleaning and then became an office equipment operator. She worked at Digital for 10 years before retiring.
Lillian moved to Florida with her longtime friend, Margie Brown in 1988. Although they both liked Florida, they returned to the Northeast to be closer to family and settled in Danville, N.H. Lillian’s greatest passion, apart from family, was gardening. Her yard was a beautiful testament to her love of flowers and plants. On most spring and summer days you could find her in her yard, tending to her gardens. Another passion was her strong faith. She was a member of East Kingston Community United Methodist Church, where she attended weekly services and Bible study.
Lillian was predeceased by her late husband, Arnold Lacrosse; her late husband and good friend, Roscoe Denault; her sister, Shirley Gaffney; her brothers, Bobby and Albert Temple; and her grandson, Jimmy Kennedy. She is survived by her four children, Daniel Denault and wife, Diane of Salem, N.H.; Linda Saulnier of Wilmington, Mass.; Stephen Denault and wife, Susan of Pepperell, Mass.; and Brian Denault and wife, Terry of Hurley, N.Y. She leaves behind 10 grandchildren, Kimberly, Michelle, Rachel, Lauren, Scott, Tim, Matt, Joshua, Kristen and Susie; and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Ruthie Lembo of Tewksbury, Mass., and her good friend, Margie Brown of Danville, N.H., with whom she lived for the past 30 years.
Services will be held on Saturday, March 4, at 1 p.m. at East Kingston Community United Methodist Church, 30 Depot Road, East Kingston, NH.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to Hyder Family Hospice House, where she was cared for during her final days. Friends of Hyder Family Hospice House, 285 County Farm Road, Dover, NH 03820. www.friendsofhyderfamilyhospicehouse.org.
Published on  March 2, 2017
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