Layna S. Bussiere-Nugent

Layna S. Bussiere-Nugent, 48, of Amherst, passed away in Florida on June 25, 2014. She was born on June 11, 1966, in Manchester. She is the daughter of Raymond and Sylvia (Soucy) Bussiere of Melbourne, Florida.

Beloved mother of Daniel Nugent, Shannon Nugent, Olivia Barry and stepmother of Shaunna Barry, all of Amherst. Loving life partner of Ron Barry, of Amherst. Dear sister of Steven Bussiere, of New Mexico, and Scott Bussiere, of Tilton.

Layna was a graduate of West High School, Class of 1984. She was the Proprietor and General Manager of Chapanga’s Griddle and Grill in Milford. Layna worked for over 20 years in the restaurant industry, helping a number of establishments grow and succeed. Eventually, she asked, “Why not work for myself?” At that point, the idea of Chapanga’s was born, and Layna has worked tirelessly toward its success since. She has always been known for her high energy personality, and that truly showed in her ability to run around after a 3-year-old at her age. Layna was artistic and made everything a work of art. She loved to throw parties for her friends and family, and worked endlessly to make sure every last detail was perfected. One of her favorite hobbies was running. Whether she was on a treadmill or running a road race, she could go for miles. Her love and care for others showed in her persistence to make everyone happy. She loved her children more than anything, and that truly showed in her constant attempt to make their lives the best she could. Her happy-go-lucky attitude and contagious smile could put anyone in a good mood. She shined in every social setting and illuminated an aura of love and kindness that attracted everyone to her. Life will not be the same without this incredible woman, but her loving soul will live on forever.

SERVICES: Family and friends honored and remembered Layna’s life by gathering for visiting hours at Phaneuf Funeral Home & Crematorium, 243 Hanover St. (Corner of Union St.) Manchester on Monday, July 7th from 6-8 PM. A funeral service followed in the funeral home chapel at 8 PM. Burial will be private. For more information and online guestbook please visit