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VAN BUREN – Muriel Doucette, 84, died Nov. 20, 2011, at a Van Buren health care facility after a long illness. Daughter of Joseph and Yvonne (Ouellette) Corriveau, Muriel was born Jan. 18, 1927, in Van Buren, and attended schools there until 1945.

After graduation, she took a summer course in business and worked as a waitress at her father’s restaurant, Uncle Joe’s Place. Muriel married Aurele Doucette in 1947. Muriel was a very sociable person with numerous interests and talents. She worked as a teacher, librarian and secretarial aide for the Van Buren District elementary schools and for more than 40 years, worked tirelessly for the Popular Club and Studio Girl cosmetic club. Muriel was a lifetime member of American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 49 of Van Buren, and a leader in organizing her high school class reunions. Muriel was an avid reader, belonging to many book clubs. She enjoyed ceramics, macrame, needlepoint and crewelwork. She also had a passion for collections, town history and old photographs, which she liked to share with everyone. Muriel was also quite a card shark, playing everything from cribbage to solitaire. She loved to go for walks, but in another pair of shoes, Muriel was also an outstanding candlepin bowler. She took home countless trophies, stayed in the top five of her league for more than 40 years, and on one November evening in 1964, Muriel even hit an all-time high single of 149, beating both men and women’s league single scores. But undoubtedly, Muriel’s most notable accomplishment was a three-year effort of researching, writing and organizing four family genealogy books. In 1984, Muriel published the "Parent," "Doucette," "Ouellette," and "Corriveau" "Genealogy and Photo Albums," which chronicled her family’s lineage back to the time they arrived in Maine from France. All four books can be seen in the public library in Van Buren. Muriel was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who genuinely loved life, family and friends. She was an example for all in her unselfishness and values, and will be dearly missed.

Muriel is survived by her husband of nearly 65 years, Aurele Doucette of Van Buren; her five children, Rick Doucette and his wife, Helen, of Cyr Plantation, Mona Dumais and her husband, Skip, Greg Doucette and his wife, Vie, all of Van Buren, Debbie Donofrio and her husband, Dean, of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Russell Doucette and his wife, Kay, of Scarborough; and her siblings, Claudette Hallisey of Fort Myers, Fla., Joan Olsen and her husband, Arnold, of East Hartford, Conn., and Bob Corriveau and his wife, Maggie, of North Falmouth, Mass. Muriel is also survived by seven grandchildren, Ryan and Liza Doucette, Nicole (Dumais) Pellenz, Shelli (Dumais) Gibbons, Joshua and Joey Doucette, and Donovan Donofrio; and eight great-grandchildren, Caleb Cyr, Addisyn Doucette, Jacob and Brynn Pellenz, Jonah, Giselle and Valena Doucette, and Syla Gibbons. She was predeceased by three siblings, Leo Corriveau, Ethel McGrath and Gerry Violette.

Relatives and friends may call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Ouellette-Thibault Funeral Home, 118 High St., Van Buren. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at a later date to be published.

Those who wish may contribute in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 383 U.S. Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074. To leave online condolences, please visit


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