Laurie Laflin Desautels

Laurie Laflin Desautels



 It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of Laurie Laflin Desautels, 61, on February 9th after a courageous battle with cancer. She passed at home surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor her legacy by living their lives to the fullest. The spirit of our beloved Mom, Gammy, sister, and friend, gained her angel wings in style as only she could.

Laurie was born February 11, 1960 in Vergennes, Vermont, the daughter of Ellwood and Mary Laflin. She grew up in Vergennes attending Ferrisburg Elementary, graduating from VUHS in 1978 and Vermont College in 1981 with an associate degree, through out that time she worked at Hanson’s A&W.

She started her career as a Medical Assistant/Office Manager in the offices of Drs. Cope and Fifield followed by Dr John Ayers office, then Champlain Valley Orthopedics. Changing careers she was a Financial Services Representative at Yankee Farm Credit. She also throughout all of these positions worked on the Desautels Dairy Farm in Salisbury and Bridport.

She was president of her class at VUHS, a catechism teacher at St. Mary’s Catholic Church,

served on the board at Shard Villa Residential Care Home, and was a natural caregiver to many family members and friends.

Laurie aka “Frieda” was an integral part of the elite Yoyo Sisterhood. She loved spending time with her grandkids, being at the ocean, gardening, knitting and sewing, shopping, camping, and many types of painting. 

Laurie is survived by her daughters Shannon Francis (Jeremy) of Vergennes and Mallory DeCoff (Matt) of Bridport, her granddaughters Rosalie and Isabella Francis, her sisters Sue Ferra of Tenant’s Harbor, Maine, Pam Larrow (Dana) of Sun City, FL, Lisa Ecker (Steve) of Morrisville, and Kathy Hubbard (Peter) of Middlebury, brothers Randall Laflin of Sun City, FL and William Grant Jr. of NYC, Andre Desautels, father of her daughters, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, her step father William Grant Sr., her sister Claudia Enloe, her brother Kenneth Laflin, and her brother in laws Joe Ferra and Ron Enloe.

Calling hours will be on Friday, February 18, 4pm-7pm at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 19th  at 11:00am at St. Peters Catholic Church in Vergennes. A reception will be at American Legion in Middlebury, 49 Wilson Road, Middlebury, VT 05753.

To send online condolences to her family or for those who can’t attend the funeral service can watch the video of the service which will be located on the bottom of the obit please visit

The family is extremely grateful for the care given to Laurie by her sister Sue and Hospice Nurse Laura Dame.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, 254 Ethan Allen Hwy, New Haven, VT, 05472, or Addison County Benefit Pull, P.O. Box 126, Vergennes, VT, 05491.

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Gina Villeneuve Bove
2 years ago

So sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing. High School would not have been the same without her. Many fond memories.

Sue and Darwin Pratt
2 years ago

So very sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing. She was a sweet and caring person. We will always remember the cruise we were on with her. What fun we all had.

Shawn and Ceci
2 years ago

We are sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing. Unfortunately we are still unable to attend gatherings due to COVID, but we send our condolences.

Henry Lawton
2 years ago

Very sorry for your loss I will be here if you need anything if I can help you will because we know She suffers no more

Nanci Ackland
2 years ago

My condolences to the family. Laurie was such a beautiful person and undoubtedly touched everyone she met. I am saddened to hear this.

Wayne Spencer
2 years ago

I’m so sorry about loosing laurie she ‘s up in heave now with all her loved ones she’ll be your heart don’t worrhie she’ll be wacthing may the rain fall at her feet may the sun shine on face may the wind blow through her and God hold in the palm of hand and say welcome laurie

Deb Barre O'Bryan
2 years ago

May our Lord be with Laurie’s family and comfort them with his grace. I had not seen Laurie in decades but I do remember her beautiful smile and her upbeat attitude.

Roberta Lawson
2 years ago

Although we did not spend time together recently, my memories of our childhood wild fun remain vivid. You loved large and it returned to you. Rest In Peace my sweet , dear little cousin Laurie.

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