Resident of town for 30 years

Published in the February 25, 2016 edition

Myrtle-Currier-webLAKE WORTH, Fla. — Myrtle Alice (Larkin) Currier, 92, of Lake Worth, Fla., formerly of North Reading, passed away peacefully on Feb. 8, 2016. She was the widow of the late Lafayette Gilbert Currier.

She was born in Lockeport, Nova Scotia on Oct. 24, 1923, and was the daughter of William Albert and Leta (Devine) Larkin. She spent her early years in Malden and then moved to Burlington to live with her aunt and uncle, Lucille and Clyde Devine. It was when she lived in Burlington that she met her husband, a World War II Veteran who served our country in Guadalcanal, at a local dance.

Myrtle was retired from the AFGL Research Library at Hanscom A.F.B. and had also worked at Sylvania in Woburn and American Mutual Insurance in Wakefield.

A graduate of Burlington High School, Class of 1942, she married Lafayette (Fay) G. Currier on Sept. 30, 1949 in Burlington. They lived in Bedford until moving to North Reading in 1962. They raised three children: Diane Lucille, born in 1951; Louise Fairchild, born in 1953 and William Rudolph, born in 1956. Myrtle lost the love of her life after almost 42 years of marriage when Fay passed away on April 2, 1991.

Mrs. Currier moved to Florida in 1992 and continued enjoying life with family, living close to her daughter, Louise, and her two children, Christian and Chloe. Seeing her grandchildren grow up brought much joy to her life, that joy was enhanced when Christian and his wife Megan had a son; Joseph William Miquel, Myrtle’s great–grandson. She took an active part in family events. In later years, relying on a background in library science, she re–organized the library at her independent living home.

Early in her life, she enjoyed tennis, was a member of Christian Endeavor and the Rebeccas. During her married years, she was involved as a Blue Bird leader, a member of the Order of Eastern Star and was president of the Mothers’ Club of North Reading Chapter, Order of DeMolay.

Myrtle and her family enjoyed many happy times over the years with the Currier and Larkin families, as she and her husband were each one of nine children. Family meant everything to her; she drew a great source of strength from family.

She is survived by her three children, Diane L. Currier of Los Angeles, Calif.; Louise F. (Currier) Miquel of Boynton Beach, Fla., William R. Currier and her daughter–in–law, Lynne E. (Cochrane) Currier of Burlington. She is also survived by her two grandchildren, Christian Miquel and Chloe Miquel, as well as her grandson’s wife Megan and their son, William Joseph Miquel (Myrtle’s great-grandson).

She also leaves her sister, Nancy Grandmont of Malden and sisters–in–law Jenesta Larkin of Hudson, N.H., and Priscilla (Currier) Caldwell of Littleton. With such a large family, her nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews are too countless to name but Myrtle was a favorite aunt to most of them.

She was predeceased by her husband Lafayette Gilbert Currier, her sister Ethel Day, and her brothers Clyde Larkin, Kenneth Larkin, Alfred Larkin, Gerald Larkin, Lester Larkin and Ernest Larkin.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday evening, Feb. 27, at the Faith United Methodist Church, 6340 West Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach, Fla.. A memorial service and subsequent burial in Massachusetts will be held later in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that those interested in making a memorial gift wait until the family presents the names of those organizations which would benefit from such a gracious gesture.