AUBURN – Avis Jean Coburn Filiault, 47, died Sept. 12, 2006, after a courageous and stubborn battle with cancer. She was unwavering in the belief, when diagnosed, that she would not leave until she was sure all of her children would be okay. It was just like this beautiful and much loved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend to do things on her own terms. As the day approached and she found the serenity and peace she was searching for, she was surrounded by her adoring family and friends, including one very special friend “Lamby”. Although Lamby was just a stuffed toy, he was a constant companion to Avis in the last four months of her life. He brought much joy to her and her loved ones’ hearts and will remain with her, watching over her, forever. Rest in peace, Lamby. Avis was born Oct. 23, 1958, in Fort Meade, Md. She was a 1976 graduate of Wahconah Regional High School, Berkshire County, Mass. She was very proud to have served her country in the U.S. Air Force. Avis met her soul mate, David Filiault, Feb. 26, 1983; they married Oct. 3 or 5, 1984, which day, precisely, has never been resolved. They were together from that moment forward and will always be. Avis leaves to cherish her memory, her parents, Richard and Virginia Coburn of Monson; her aunts, Bea Coburn and Josephine Blanchard; her uncles, Robert and Irving Minery; her brother, Richard and his wife, Louise, and their son, Jonathan; her brother, Ben and his wife, Rhonda; her brother, Mark; her nephews, Ben and Rick; her sister, Lorrie Sears, her husband, Steve, and their son, Dylan. Avis was predeceased by her sister, Heidi Carla Coburn, who passed away in 2005. She leaves Dan and Karen, Tom and Jamie Filiault of Massachusetts, play me a song!, her closest friends, Ailitia Murphy and Lisa Hill, Carol Fletcher, Pat Sears and Mickey Smith, her long-time childhood friends. You are true friends. Avis is also survived by her children, her eldest son, Colin J. Getty, his wife, Kara, their two children, Kayleigh and Coburn Getty; her eldest daughter, Lacey L. Getty and her companion, Brian; her youngest daughter, Brianna E. Harris, her husband, Robert, their child, Alexis Jean; by her youngest child, her baby, David Coburn Filiault Jr. “Beans”. Avis had a nephew, Benjamin Coburn, who was like a son to her, and whom she loved dearly, and his children, Billy and Dylan. April Wood, a very dear person who is and will always be close to Avis’ heart as a daughter; close friends and her extended children, Andrew Carsley, Lucas Bonney, Freeman, Aaron and Carl. In a note left by her, found after her death, she wrote her children, “If I were to die and you kids weren’t ever aware of how much I loved you dearly and have been so proud to have had the privilege of being your mother. Thank you for allowing me to share your lives.” Avis was never alone in life and she is even less alone in death as she took a piece of each heart she touched in her 47 years with her. She will always be with us, in our hearts, our minds, our memories. She will never be forgotten. Heidi Doodle met Avy at the gates of heaven and they are taking bets on who is at the top of the bubble. A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Sherman Mills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, P.O. Box 819, Lewiston, ME 04243-0819. Arrangements by Bowers Funeral Home, Island Falls.