Elizabeth Lowe, 70, of Newport News, Virginia passed away after a brief illness on May 12, 2014. She was born Elizabeth Ann Lessard, to Celina Roy Lessard and Morton Henry Lessard on December 15th, 1943 in Panama City, Florida, where her father was stationed for World War II. After the war she and her parents returned to Waterville to the house on Leighton Street in which her father and his siblings grew up. Her childhood saw her at the lead of the Leighton Street neighborhood gang of kids from the Karter, Regan and Sturtevant families, in addition to her own five younger siblings. Regular activities included baseball and badminton, swimming at the pool and movies at the Opera House, picking berries and wildflowers, and saving her money for the Skowhegan State Fair that she'd earned from babysitting, paper delivery, and local shop sales jobs. She enjoyed a trip far from home to Colorado Springs in 1959 to attend the Girl Scout Senior Round Up, where she heard then-Sen. John F. Kennedy speak. In her later teen years, she worked as a proof reader for the Morning Sentinel. She was a talented student and a voracious reader from an early age, and attended Waterville Catholic schools, graduating in 1961 from Mount Merici Academy before matriculating at Colby College later that same fall. The continuation and completion of her education would wait a few years. She married Larry Bois on November 2, 1962. They raised two sons, Mark and David. Starting in 1963, Elizabeth lived in Tallahassee, FL, Syracuse, NY, New Orleans, LA, and Ann Arbor, MI. It was in the last of these locations where, with both of her children by then attending school, she completed her Bachelor's Degree in Education at The University of Michigan in 1973, shortly before returning to central Maine, having decided that Pittsfield seemed a great place for her kids to grow up. Her academic curiosity prompted her to earn a Master's Degree in Public Administration from The University of Maine in 1980. Elizabeth spent three decades as an enthusiastic and compassionate elementary school teacher, with a special emphasis on reading instruction. She taught in the Etna-Dixmont, Skowhegan, Unity-Thorndike, and Brunswick public schools. Prior to her retirement from teaching in 2003 and subsequent relocation to the warmer climate offered by Virginia's Tidewater region, she had developed an innovative teaching system for helping students overcome their challenges in reading at grade-level. She was a lifelong learner with curiosity and knowledge over a wide variety of topics. Among her many gifts was a generosity with information that she'd gathered, considered, and committed to memory. She would rush to assist members of family, friends, and, not uncommonly, complete strangers, if she thought something she knew might help someone solve a challenging problem or address an unmet need. She loved gardening, and wherever she called home would be adorned inside and out with thoughtfully cared-for plants and flowers. After her retirement from teaching, she became increasingly active in her consulting work with individuals and groups, sharing her vast knowledge in nutrition and health, through teaching cooking classes and writing and self-publishing a healthy eating cookbook. She was also a tremendously varied creative talent and made, sold, and gifted many lovely pieces of work in paper, textiles, beading, and stained glass. She is survived by her son Mark Bois of Newport News, VA, son David Bois and husband Daryn Nimmo of Oakland, CA, sister Marie Lessard Ingelfinger and husband Joseph of Brighton, MA, brothers John Lessard and partner Christine Boll of Boca Raton, FL, William Lessard and partner Gwen Crumpler of New Bern, NC, Dan Lessard and spouse Sue of Biddeford, ME, and Paul Lessard and spouse Paula of Charleston, SC, several nieces and nephews, and many dear friends in New England and Virginia. Calling hours are Monday, June 2, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville, ME. A funeral service will be at 10:00 A.M. at the funeral home with the burial at St Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove St., Waterville immediately thereafter.