OBITUARY: Helen (Ellen) Payne LAFOND

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Helen (Ellen) Payne LAFOND

“Mother, you left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide,
Although we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.”

Helen (Ellen) Payne Lafond passed away at Jeffery Hale Hospital, on Dec. 8, 2020, at the age of 93, after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Roland Lafond, and the daughter of the late Margaret Veronica McLaughlin and the late John Patrick Payne. She was born and lived in Stoneham.
She leaves behind  her children: Lise (Jean Côté) and Barbara-Ann (Richard Craig); her beloved grandchildren: Kerry-Lee, Kaitlyn (Patrick Beaubien) and Benjamin; her siblings: the late Margaret (George Sliwa), the late Loretta, Sarah (the late Patrick Maguire), Maureen (the late Raymond Claes), Rose Mary (Eric Corrigan) and John (Gail Gray); her brothers- and sisters-in-law of the Lafond family: the late Fernand (the late Monique Verret), the late Jean-Paul (the late Marcelle Richard), Madeleine Demeule, Gaston (Michelle Fortin), Claudette (Michel Gagnon), Lucille (Yvon Bureau ) and Guy (Lisette Perron) as well as many nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives and friends.
Special thanks to her wonderful neighbours, the Dunn family and the Pelletier family.
We would like to sincerely thank the staff at the Jeffery Hale Hospital for the good care and attention given to our mother, especially the doctors, nurses and support staff in the palliative care department.
Due to the pandemic, a notice confirming the date of a celebration in her honour will be sent when circumstances allow.
Your sympathy can be expressed with a donation to the Jeffery Hale–Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation, 2109-1270, chemin Sainte-Foy, Québec, QC, G1S 2M4, by calling 418-684-2260 or 1-888-984-5333 or online at

Mom’s smile was magic; she could make anyone smile, her family, her friends, people she met at the grocery store, the bank; even when she was in the palliative care unit, nurses and doctors left her room smiling. She was a fun person who loved to decorate. Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Christmas, her house would be beautifully embellished for the occasion. Mom was ready to do anything for her grandchildren, even if it meant dressing up to go trick-or-treating or wearing matching pyjamas on Christmas morning.
Mom loved flowers; we would often find her working in her flower beds that were all around her house. Her mailbox was always full of English-language magazines about decorating and cooking. She generously lent her cookbooks to family and friends.
She was an active member of the Stoneham Fifty-Plus Club and for years was a Member of the Cercle des Fermières in Stoneham, where she wove blankets, tea towels and throws.
She was our loving Mother, our inspiration, our guide, our rock, we will miss her, and think of her every day. ~ Lise and Barbara-Ann