Smithfield – Laura Marie (Dudley) Paquet, 56, went home to the Lord after a lengthy battle with breast cancer on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 with family at her side. \r\n\r\nLaura was born in Skowhegan on June 7, 1961, the daughter of Raymond and Marie (Peterson) Dudley. She graduated from Skowhegan Area High School in 1979. \r\n\r\nOn May 11, 1991, she married the love of her life, Gregory Paquet, and moved to Colorado Springs, CO. They moved to England in 1993 when she was six months pregnant with twins. They returned to the states in 1997 to Omaha, Nebraska and moved back to her beloved hometown of Smithfield, Maine, in the fall of 2000. \r\n\r\nShortly after graduation from high school, she began working for K-Mart; working her way up to manager of the sporting goods department. She left K-Mart to begin a career with the State of Maine which spanned several years; her last position being the assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State. Later, in Colorado Springs, CO, she worked as an executive secretary to a small business owner and then as secretary at Peterson Air Force Base for the Morale Welfare and Recreation Squadron. She also worked for the University of Nebraska at the payroll department in Omaha Nebraska. She worked at McDonalds in Waterville working Mommy hours. She then moved on to working as school secretary at Margaret Chase Smith School in Skowhegan for several years before becoming school secretary at Millstream Elementary School in Norridgewock where she worked until September of 2016 when she retired due to illness.\r\n\r\nShe loved life! She loved animals, especially her boxers, Bonnie and Vinny. She could be found knitting or crocheting; many people can be seen in the winter wearing one of her character hats. Or you may have seen her out on the softball field catching, throwing, hitting and heckling the opposing team (or her own). She had lots of fun singing and dancing. For years she enjoyed bowling; heckling could be heard there as well. In recent years she had taken up kayaking. Friday or Saturday evenings were fun game nights with friends and family. She loved children and was more than a school secretary; she was a nurse, a friend and at times their conscience - intercoms are great like that! She will be remembered for her whit and her practical jokes, as well as her sarcastic smirk. If you knew her well, you knew that sarcasm was her “super power” but you also knew how big her heart was. Her love for family and friends was inspiring. Her love for Jesus was evident in how she lived her life every day.\r\n\r\nShe was predeceased by her parents, Raymond L. and Marie E. Dudley.\r\n\r\nShe is survived by her loving husband, Gregory Paquet; daughters, Sydney and Rachel Paquet; stepson Dominic Benson; siblings, Raymond Dudley and wife Kat of Baltimore, MD, William Dudley and wife Zenova of Hartford, NY, Mary Veilleux and husband Lawrence of Waterville, Paul Dudley and girlfriend Tasha Wuerpel of Smithfield; many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, and a whole bunch of crazy cousins.\r\n\r\nA Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 12, 11:00 a.m., at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 150 KMD, Waterville, Maine. There will be a luncheon served immediately following the service at the church.\r\n\r\nThe family would like to thank Maine General Hospice and the many nurses and home health aides who helped to make Laura’s last weeks at home as comfortable as possible. We also thank Dr. Robert Dohner, Dr. Julia Moukharskaya and Ruth Coffey for all the amazing care you provided over the years. Thank you is not enough to express our gratitude for the prayers, visits, calls, well wishes, cards and meals; you all were more of a blessing than you know.\r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.