Leominster - Elizabeth “Betty” (White) Benoit-Breault, 88, of Fitchburg, MA, passed peacefully on November 3, 2022 with family by her side. She was born in Fitchburg on April 12, 1934 to Thomas and Cirena (Cochlin) White. She was predeceased by her husband of 28 years, Yvan Benoit, with whom she lovingly raised 6 children. She was also predeceased by Robert “Bob” Breault, her husband of 20 years. Others who preceded her in death were her son Gary Benoit; grandson Christopher Smith; son-in-law Greg Bourgault; and siblings Thomas White, Barbara Todd, Lea Furbish and Donald White.
Betty leaves behind her loving children Barbara (Jack) Smith, Linda (Steve) Martino, Donna (Pat) Wilkins, Monica Bourgault and Don (Tracy) Benoit. She is also survived by her 10 grandchildren, Alison Justice, Mary Bechtholdt, Melissa Campbell, Megan Abrams, Ian Wilkins, Patrick Wilkins, Gary Bergeron, Christina Breault, Nicholas Benoit and Cassidy Benoit. Along with 17 great-grandchildren, Betty leaves 4 stepchildren: Ronnie Breault, Doug Breault, Joanne Kreidler-Norris, Rob (Becky) Breault and their families. Betty also leaves several nieces, nephews and in-laws with whom she shared many cherished moments.
One of Betty’s greatest pleasures was spending time with family. She loved watching her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids playing and interacting with each other. She had several lifelong friends that were very dear to her, and she enjoyed keeping in touch with them, reminiscing (and inevitably laughing) about their past.
Betty loved games, whether watching them on TV, playing on her computer or challenging family and friends at board games. Scrabble was her favorite—especially since she always beat us! You would often find her dancing around her apartment while listening to her favorite music, mostly Neil Diamond. She really loved to dance. On nice days you could find her sitting on her patio, reading a good book and watching “her” birds at the feeders. Her stray cat Lucky would join her as long as no one else was around. She took pleasure in caring for her adopted furry friend and said they were indeed lucky they found each other.
She and Bob enjoyed being members of the Mid-State Antique Auto Club and the Retreads Motorcycle Club, where they made special friendships and did lots of traveling. Road-tripping to Dollywood on the back of the bike was a real highlight for her! When she wasn’t traveling around, her love of children showed as she worked as a daycare provider.
Betty showed her children, by example, to be nonjudgmental, kind and generous. She always stressed that you don’t know anyone’s circumstances, so just be kind.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the Life Care Center of Leominster and UMass Leominster. Mom felt safe and cared for during this last part of her life and that meant a lot to all of us.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Leo’s Church, 108 Main St., Leominster, MA on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 11:00 a.m., immediately followed by a burial at St. Leo’s Cemetery. At the wish of the deceased, there are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (online at www.stjude.org) or to the American Heart Association, 185 Franklin St., Boston, MA 02110 (online at www.heart.org)
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