Isabella D. LaTourette

WINTER HARBOR — Isabella D. LaTourette, affectionately known by her family and many friends as “Bamba” died peacefully at her summer home in Winter Harbor, on Sept. 28, after a short illness.

Mrs. LaTourette was a registered nurse, obtaining her degree in nursing from the University of the State of New York in 1939 at Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y. It was there while assigned to the same patient that she met her future husband, Kenneth A. LaTourette, MD. They were married on June 25, 1940, and had a long and happy marriage lasting 72 years until Dr. LaTourette’s death Oct. 14, 2012.

Six weeks after the birth of their only child, Marianne, in August of 1941, the couple moved to Farmington, Maine, and lived there until 1942 when Dr. LaTourette volunteered his service in the U.S. Army Air Corps, just after the United States entered World War II. His military service included a winter at the air base in Presque Isle.

After his five years of military service, the family returned to Farmington where Dr. LaTourette continued his general practice. In 1948, they moved to Hanover, N.H., where Dr. LaTourette undertook a residency in pathology. While there, Mrs. LaTourette returned to nursing at the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover, and at the Veterans Hospital in White River Junction, Vt.

In the spring of 1953, the family moved to Hendersonville, N.C., their permanent home to this day. Dr. and Mrs. LaTourette maintained a summer home in West Tremont during the ’90s, and in 1998, moved to their summer home in Winter Harbor, where she died.

Mrs. LaTourette was practically a fixture in the Winter Harbor summer community. Everyone who knew her suspected that the secret to her extraordinary longevity was her irrepressible sunny attitude and effusive love of family and friends of all ages. Her love of animals — especially dogs — was particularly remarkable. She and her husband had a total of 54 dogs over the span of their marriage. She was a lifelong member of too many animal welfare and human service organizations to list. Mrs. LaTourette had a particular sparkle, and it was often said that she could light up a room simply by entering it.

Mrs. LaTourette is survived by her daughter, Marianne LaTourette Potter and her husband, Martin Hopkins (“Hop”) Potter of Flat Rock, N.C., and Winter Harbor. She has one grandson, Christopher LaTourette LaRiche, M.D. of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; a granddaughter, Elisabeth Austin, Psy.D., and her husband, Jeffrey A. Austin; and one great-granddaughter, Sophia Catherine Austin, all of Palo Alto, Calif. Her only nephew is Lawrence Gray Daressa, of San Francisco.

The family wishes to express their gratitude for the tender care given to Mrs. LaTourette at her home by Cathy Martin and Gail Bachman of Winter Harbor, and by the staff at Hancock County HomeCare & Hospice, particularly by nurse Joyce Chornyak.

A memorial service will be held on Nov. 21, 2015, at the Church of St. John in the Wilderness, in Flat Rock, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Christopher’s by the Sea, c/o Mrs. Margaret Bennett, 6 Holly Villa Drive, Boynton Beach, FL  33436, or to Hardy’s House, P.O. Box 63, Prospect Harbor, ME 04669, Attn: Susan Burke.


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