Mayor Neil Perry and the entire City of Methuen mourn the loss of Elaine Mae Morissette, 86, who passed away on April 24. Along with her late husband of 51 years, Rene Morissette, Elaine helped to create and grow our Methuen Senior Activity Center.
She was the Senior Center’s first treasurer and served as the Executive Secretary of the Board of Trustees and a member of the Board of Directors for the Methuen Council on Aging. Over the years, she became a dedicated volunteer and champion for our seniors.
Says Mayor Perry, “Elaine was a tireless advocate for the senior center of Methuen, and our community is deeply indebted to her for all her efforts advancing the care and well-being of all our seniors. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all her friends, families and loved ones as we recognize and appreciate her life of selfless service.”
Elaine was awarded with the Service to Seniors Award and earned recognition from the Board of Trade and Council on Aging. A woman of fervent faith and talent, Elaine was an organist and choir director at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Her influence was so impactful that St. Andrew’s proclaimed October 15, 1994 as “Elaine Morissette Day.”
Still, it was not awards that drove Elaine’s passion for our community. This was a woman of tremendous care, concern, love, and commitment. She lived a lifetime of service and was a constant beacon of hope for Methuen.
“For more than thirty years, Elaine promoted and continued the vision of the Methuen Senior Activity Center,” says Senior Center Executive Director Corinne LaCharite. “Elaine was an active Board Member of the Methuen Memorial Organ Hall for many years and contributed her talents and time to the people of Methuen for decades.”
The City of Methuen sends our prayers and sympathies to Elaine’s sons Garry and Glen, and daughter Donna, along with her beloved family and countless friends. The City of Methuen is lessened by her loss, but so grateful for the life she lived. Services will be private, but memorial contributions in Elaine's name be made to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church or to the Methuen Memorial Music Hall.