Sr. Lorraine Doucet

  • Born: May 15, 1938
  • Died: February 4, 2020
  • Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-6951

Tribute & Message From The Family

Sr. Lorraine Doucet, (Sr. Mary Lucien of the Cross) of the Sisters of Holy Cross passed away on February 4, 2020 at the age of 81.

She was born in Manchester on May 15, 1938 to Lucien and Lorette (Lemay) Doucet. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Holy Cross and pronounced her final vows in 1968.

Sr. Lorraine was a junior high teacher in New Hampshire and Connecticut. In 1967, she was an Associate Professor of Biology at Notre Dame College in Manchester and she became a PhD candidate at Clark University, Worcester, MA. Upon receiving her degree, she returned to Notre Dame College as Associate Professor of Biology and later was named Chair and Professor of Biology.

In 1986 she was hired by UNHM as Associate Professor of Biology, Laboratory Supervisor and Environmental Safety Supervisor. In 2000, she received the Dean's Award from UNH in recognition of her "excellence of service to the greater Manchester Community and the University of New Hampshire." This Award is presented to the faculty member who most exemplifies the mission of the University. She remained at UNH until her retirement in 2012.

Those who knew Sr. Lorraine in her young days will remember her love of tennis.

She was predeceased by her parents.

The family includes her faithful caregiver and cousin, Marc Doucet and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

SERVICES: Calling hours are Wednesday (2/12) from 2 to 4 p.m. with prayers at 3:30 p.m. at St. George Manor, 357 Island Pond Rd., Manchester. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday (2/13) at 10 a.m. at St. George Manor.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Sisters of Holy Cross Development Office Fund and sent to Sisters of Holy Cross, 365 Island Pond Rd. Manchester, NH 03109.

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, Manchester is assisting with arrangements.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I attended Notre Dame College and lived in a dorm for two years with Sr Lorraine as our house director. We had many good times. I fondly remember her cat, Blackie, who loved to sleep on my bed. She lived a full life and touched the lives of many.

Posted by Karen Leafe - Manchester, NH - Student   February 13, 2020

Sister Lorraine is a good friend of mine. We met through playing tennis. We played together for several years on and off.

Lorraine was a strong local tennis player and was very competitive on the court.

We sometimes played mixed doubles as partners. One time, I believe after having won an important point, she reached into her pocket and pulled out her rosary beads to show me. We just laughed...

We all make shaky line calls on occasion in tennis.

When Lorraine would make a questionable out call, oftentimes our opponent would anguish with even thinking to question a nun, probably thinking why decrease your chances of going to heaven? And Lorraine would seem to relish in these moments.

Sometimes after playing tennis we would go out for something to eat. And others who did not know her would ask me quietly if it is ok to order a beer with Sister Lorraine present. But Lorraine would be the first to ask if we're going to have a beer.

We had many good times together.

We played a few mixed doubles tennis tournaments and we became ranked in the top few in NH one year.

Lorraine was very supportive in others' times of difficulty and would let us know she would pray for us. And we knew she would. It was comforting.

As always, when a friend passes on from this life, I am reminded of how precious and fragile life is.

I now wish I had spent more time with Lorraine.

Dear Lorraine, Thank you for your special friendship, for all you did for me and for others and I hope we meet again.

Posted by Hugh Mallett - NH - Friend   February 13, 2020

Rest in peace.

Posted by Barbara Douglas - Manchester, NH - Family Friend   February 12, 2020

Requiescat in pace dear classmate (1957).
You were always admired by everyone who knew you.
Your sense of humor and joie de vivre was contagious.
I will keep you in my prayers!
Arthur DesMeules

Posted by Arthur DesMeules - Manchester, NH - Classmate   February 11, 2020

Rest In Peace Lorraine, you were a wonderful customer at Billy's Restaurant for so many years, bringing your Mother in until the ripe age of 98.
You are with her now, and all the other angels ! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

Ilene Peace

Posted by Ilene Peace - Try   February 10, 2020

Sr. Lorraine, rest in peace. You made a significant impact on our students. Once they took your introduction to microbiology they were hooked and took all your micro courses. You will be missed.

Posted by Patricia Halpin - Melbourne AU   February 10, 2020

Rest in peace Lorraine. I will always remember how kind she was in helping me through a difficult time in my life. I never expected a colleague to be so giving and empathetic as to check in on me in the hospital after I had an anxiety attack. She will be missed.

Posted by Sarah Prescott - NH   February 10, 2020

You were my best friend and daily tennis partner all through my teen years. What laughter we shared!
Thanks, Deuce for all that you were to me.
Therese Fortin

Posted by A friend   February 09, 2020

With fond memories of our friend and tennis buddy, Lorraine, we send our condolences to her family.

Posted by Jack and Carol Resch - Manchester, NH - Family   February 09, 2020

Sympathies to her family, sisters and friends..Sr. Lorroaine was a good college friend and a good athlete. She was very bright and liked to laugh. We had lots of fun running around in her jalopy, going to the red arrow on Webster st and to her parents house for meals. I remember that she smoked and she and the other few smokers used to stuff themselves into her car between classes. She was also a very good Microbiology teacher, as noted by her former students. Always an athlete, she played softball into her forties and often we would meet. We think of you often, Deuce and are praying for you. Arlene and Uke D.

Posted by ARLENE & Euclid DUPUIS - CRYSTAL RIVER, FL - Friend   February 09, 2020

Rest in peace my dear friend, I will always remember you and the good times we had together.

Posted by Pauline Racicot - Windham, NH - Friend   February 09, 2020

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