Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Obituary of Olympe E. Mayotte of Lowell, Massachusetts

Published in The Lowell Sun ,15 Jan, 1945, pg. 3.

Olympe E. Mayotte, a well known resident of this city, died yesterday at the age of 71 years. He made his home at 80 Ford street. He was for many years a member of St. Joseph's parish and was a member of the Holy Family society. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Alice (Jodoin) Mayotte; two daughters, Mrs. Celine Beaudry of this city; Pfc Therese Mayotte, WAC, at Camp Campbell Ky.; two sons, Sgt. Gerard Mayotte, U.S.A., somewhere in England; Pfc Robert Mayotte, U.S.A., stationed at Camp Gordon Ga.; a sister Mrs. Louise Ducharme of Joliette, P.Q.; a brother, Joseph Mayotte of Hamilton Ont. and four grandchildren.

MAYOTTE -- Died in this city, Jan 14, Olympe E. Mayotte. Relatives and friends may call at the M. R. Laurin funeral home, 295 Pawtucket street, after 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Funeral Thursday morning from the funeral home. Solemn high funeral mass at 10 o'clock at St. Jean Baptiste church. Burial in St. Joseph's cemetery.
Published in The Lowell Sun, 19 Jan, 1945, pg. 3.

The funeral of Olympe E. Mayotte, 80 Ford street, a well known resident of the Holy Name society of St. Joseph's parish, took place yesterday from the M. R. Laurin funeral home, 295 Pawtucket street. At 10 o'clock at St. jean Baptiste church, a solemn high funeral mass was celebrated by Rev. Felix Tessier, a nephew from St. Zephirin parish of Cochitate, assisted by Rev. Gerard Trahant, OMI, as deacon, and Rev. Armand Morrisette, OMI as sub-deacon.

The choir, under the direction of the organist, Charles Belanger, sang a mass of requiem, a composition of Rodolphe E. Pepin, soloists being Arthur E. Paquin, Emile Lagasse, Wolfred Jacques and Arthur Germain. Many parishioner attended. Bearers, all members of the Holy Family society of St. Joseph;s parish were, Morrill Ledoux, Alexandre Beaudoin, Liboire Gauthier, Pierre Houle, Alphonse Desroschers and Joseph Clouner. There were numerous flowers and mass cards. Burial took place in the family lot in St. Joseph's cemetery where Rev. Fr. Tessier assisted by Rev. Fr. Fournier recited the committal prayers. Arrangements were in charge of Funeral Director M.R. Laurin.


  1. Anonymous11:18 AM

    I was reading through the obit and was, as usual, amazed at the variety of Christian names among French Canadians. The name "Mayotte" triggered a memory from my early boyhood -- a simple tune, a chant really, the lyric of which went: "A la yotte, la vache a Mayotte; A la yotte, la vache est morte." There should be grave accents over the single a's, I think. Beyond that I have no idea what it means except that Mayotte's cow is dead!
    Fern Chandonnet

  2. Ha ha, Fern you're funny. Thanks for the comment : D and the little song..