CARIBOU – Lucinda J. “Cindy” Hebert died Feb. 10, 2006, at her home in Caribou, surrounded by her family and several friends. Cindy was born Jan. 21, 1942, in Caribou, to Frederick A. and Goldie M. Johnson. She attended Caribou schools and graduated from Caribou High School in 1960. After graduating she became a stewardess for United Airlines and lived in New York until she returned to Maine in 1972. She lived in Bangor for a year and was employed as secretary to the publisher of the Bangor Daily News. In June 1973, she married Athill Hebert and returned to Caribou where she lived until her death. At the same time as she filled the responsibilities of a wife, homemaker and mother to four children, she pursued further education and obtained an associate degree in library technology from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. She later continued her studies and obtained a bachelor of liberal studies in communication at the University, graduating as valedictorian of the Class of 1990. At the point in her life when all of her children were enrolled in schools she started her varied career initially as secretary to the executive director of the Caribou Chamber of Commerce. She subsequently assumed the position of executive director, a position she held for several years. She then managed the Caribou office of the firm of Duffy Darrow Advertising & Public Relation as a senior account executive. She left that position to become the marketing director of Visiting Nurses of Aroostook. Most recently she held the position of coordinator of the Aroostook County Fund for the Maine Community Foundation, but was forced to resign due to her health. She had also been an instructor for the American Management Association, a free lance writer for various projects, video scripts and articles for newspapers and magazines. She also pursued her dream of authoring a fiction novel that will remain unfinished and unpublished due to her death. Cindy was best known for her civic involvement. She loved her community and had a passion to pursue and be a part of efforts to improve its stature, quality of life and amenities. She was a member of the Board of Directors of Cary Medical Center, member and president of the Cary Medical Center Auxiliary, a member and president of the Board of Directors of the Battered Women’s Shelter, a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast District YMCA, member and board president of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Aroostook. She and her husband served as AFS host family for students from France and Germany and a teacher from Thailand. She served as community advisor for Civil Rights Teams at Caribou middle and high schools. She had been a hospice volunteer and trainer for Hospice of Aroostook, a member of the Focus on the Future Economic Development Team, member and chair of the Downtown Revitalization Advisory Committee. She served as state president of the American Association of University Women, a counselor of the local chapter of the Senior Core of Retired Executives. She was elected to the Caribou City Council and served for years 2000-2005. As a member of the council she was elected mayor in July 2001 and held the position until December 2003. She was a member of the Organizing Committee of the World Junior Biathlon recently held in Presque Isle, but was forced to resign when her illness prevented her from completing her responsibilities. As testimony to her service and commitment to her community and its interests, she was named Outstanding United Way Campaign volunteer in 1988, Volunteer of the Year by Caribou High School 1993-94, Achievement Citation Award by the American Association of University Women in 1998 and Citizen of the Year by the Caribou Chamber of Commerce in 1999. Cindy enjoyed the friendship of many wonderful people who were an important part of her life. She had a zest for life and her engaging smile, intellect, wit and genuine concern for others and their needs enhanced those relationships. Her strong work ethic and skills with both the written and verbal word were demonstrated by her achievements in her profession and career. Cindy is survived by her husband of 32 years, Athill Hebert; and four children who she nurtured and loved above all else, Miles F. and wife, Lisa, of Columbus, Ohio, Logan M. and his wife, Courtney, of Blakeslee, Pa., Seth A. and wife, Angela, of Orford, N.H. and daughter, Hannah D. and friend, Jay Yamin, of Worcester, Mass. Mamere leaves five grandchildren, Weston, Camden and MacKenzie of Ohio and Dilan and Ayden of Pennsylvania. She is also survived by her parents of Lakeland, Fla.; and brother, Lance and wife, Lillian, of Portland, Ore.; and nieces, Lori and Erin; nephew, Lance Jarl, all of Oregon. She also had a special love for her AFS student daughter, Leen Simme of Muenster, Germany who traveled to be with “Mom” at the time of her death. The family invites friends, acquaintances and associates to calling hours 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir St., Caribou. All are also invited to attend and participate in a celebration of Cindy’s life 11 a.m. Feb. 18, at Holy Rosary Church, 31 Thomas Ave., Caribou. In lieu of flowers, Cindy requested that those who wish may make donations to the Caribou Community Wellness Center project payable to and care of the Caribou Parks and Recreation Department, 55 Bennett Dr., Caribou, ME 04736.
LUCINDA J. HEBERT
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:16 p.m.