Jacquelyn M. (Rodrigue) Ayotte, Beloved Wife and Mother
Mrs. Jacquelyn M. Ayotte of North Chelmsford, MA died Wednesday afternoon, June 15, 2016 after a long battle with cancer surrounded by her family. She is survived by three sons and their wives, David and Patricia Ayotte of Chelmsford, Douglas and Karen Ayotte of Franklin, MA, Dean and Sue Ayotte of Groton, MA, a daughter and her husband, Dorothy and Robert Sapienza, Sr. of Carmel, IN, nine cherished grandchildren, Erica, Amanda, Jared, Andrew, Jennifer, and Sydney Ayotte, Taylor (and Andrew) Leduc, Jacquelyn and Robert Sapienza, Jr., a sister, Lenore Cadena of Mercedes, TX and a brother John Rodrigue of Lowell, a sister-in-law, Joanna Rodrigue of Nashua, NH, and a brother-in-law, Jack Higgins of Merrimack, NH, an uncle, Br. Norbert Rodrigue of Miami, FL, as well as many nieces, nephews, close family and friends.
Sadly, Jackie is predeceased by her brother, Michael Rodrigue of Nashua, NH, who passed away two hours prior to her own death.
She married her high school sweetheart, Harry J. Ayotte, in 1955 and was his beloved wife for 55 years until his death in 2011. She was his unwavering champion for his love of baseball and assisted with the coordination of his many teams. She would say her greatest accomplishment was her family and the ability to make everyone around her feel like cherished family.
Born in Lowell, in 1937, the daughter of Leonell and Dorothy (MacLean) Rodrigue and step-daughter of Evelyn Rodrigue. She was raised in Lowell and graduated from Keith Hall where she was Valedictorian and held the lead role in every school performance.
While raising four children, she worked full time. She was very proud of her work for Civil Defense, Dr. Hugh Mahoney, Harvard Community Health, but most proud of her long-time career as Co-Founder and Manager of Harry J. Ayotte Plumbing and Heating. She returned to school to graduate from UMass Lowell in 1993 with a degree in Business Administration.
In addition to her business career, Jackie worked tirelessly for the Chelmsford High School All Sports Booster Club. She was the first woman named President of the organization. She also volunteered for St. John the Evangelist Church with several positions including lector and finance committee. She was an avid needlework artist with hundreds of projects given as gifts throughout the years.
The family would like to thank the staff of Lowell General Hospital, The Cancer Center, and Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton, MA for their devoted and compassionate care throughout her illness.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jackie's memory to the Harry J. Ayotte Scholarship Fund at CHS Alumni Association 200 Richardson Road N. Chelmsford, MA 01863.
Visiting hours Mon. 3 to 7 P.M. Funeral Tues. at 8AM from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Mass at 9AM at St. John the Evangelist Church in N. Chelmsford, MA. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Chelmsford, MA. Memorials may be made in Jackie's memory to the Harry J. Ayotte Scholarship Fund at CHS Alumni Association 200 Richardson Road N. Chelmsford, MA 01863. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.