BERNADETTE ‘BETTY’ ROY

Posted June 28, 2009, at 7:48 p.m.

SHERMAN – Bernadette “Betty” Roy, 81, died June 28, 2009, in Patten. She was born June 12, 1928, in Grummond, New Brunswick, the daughter of Ramuald and Martha (Lebel) Gagnon. Betty to her many friends was a strong woman and an example of great courage. She was first and foremost a loving and caring mother, who after the untimely death of her loving husband, Ralph, raised her family alone. Her love of God and strong faith sustained her throughout her life. She did not leave her faith at the door, as many often do on leaving church each Sunday morning, she lived her faith. Betty was a member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church where she sang in the choir, was a member of sodality and Daughters of Isabella, and had been a 4-H leader for many years. She was a willing and hard worker in anything she did, whether it was a bazaar supper, a Fourth of July dinner or a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, she was always the first to arrive and the last to leave. There wasn’t a soul that entered her home – a home filled with love, laughter and music – that was not touched by her generosity and love. She enjoyed gardening and shared its bounty with all who came to her home to visit or was in need. She is survived by five children, Lorraine and Edgar Ray of Sherman, Linda and James Wood of Gardner, Mass., Rita and Donald Chasse of Molunkus, Mona and Alec Qualey of Benedicta, and Simon “Roger” Roy and his companion, Cindy Lent, of Sherman; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Marie Connolly of Cambridge Narrows, New Brunswick, Ann Gunhouse of Ohio, and Patricia and Pete Spear of British Columbia, Canada; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Ralph; three sisters, Theresa Mason, Nelida Cyr and Noella Stevenson; one brother, Armond Gagnon; and Mark Gantnier, whom they lovingly raised as their own. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Benedicta, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday. Interment will be at St. Benedict’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Daughters of Isabella, care of Bowers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 579, Houlton, ME 04730.

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