NORTH HARTLAND — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church in White River Jct. for Joanna Harriet (Coutts) Langlais, 86, who died May 27 at her home in North Hartland, surrounded by her family. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, also in White River Jct.
She was born April 19, 1928 in London, England, daughter of Thomas and Patience Coutts.
She grew up in London and the English countryside during World War II and attended Oxford University where she earned a bachelors degree and furthered studies at McGill University in Montreal earning a Master’s in philosophy.
While attending Oxford she met and fell in love with Pierre Langlais. They were married January 12, 1951 in London before moving to Quebec City.
Joanna raised their five children with Pierre in Quebec while starting her career as a sculpture. They retired to North Hartland in 1988 where she has lived since.
Joanne and Pierre opened a galley of sculptures and photographs in North Hartland.
She was an active member of St. Anthony’s Church in White River Jct.
Joanna also enjoyed entertaining guests at home, gardening, skiing, and tennis. She was an excellent tennis player. She won numerous tennis tournaments including Quebec City’s.
She was survived by her children, Eric Langlais of Montreal, Nicole Langlais of Albany, New York, Louise Langlais of Toronto, Ontario, Odette Langlais of Ottawa, Ontario, Jacqueline Langlais of Quebec City; eight grandchildren, a sister Sue Dipple of Sussex, England as well as a close friend Milton Hurwitz of Hanover, New Hampshire.
She was predeceased by her husband, Pierre in 2007.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT and NH, 66 Benning Street, Suite 6, West Lebanon, NH 03784 or www.vnahospicevtnh.org.
This obituary first appeared in the June 5, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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