WATERVILLE – We would like to share with all of our friends the death of our beloved mother, Florence Doucette, at the great old age of 94. It is a bittersweet time for us, her children, as we have had her caring for so many years, now she is reunited with her beloved husband and our dad, Gus, who has been preparing for her arrival in the father’s house since his death in 1990. Florence was born in Waterville, in 1918, a daughter of Odessa and Mary (Pellerin) Turgeon.
She was educated in Waterville schools and worked all her professional life as a packer as what was then Keyes Fiber Co., a work that was most demanding but that she loved and where she made some lifelong friends. She literally never made a mistake in her counting until the final week of her employment before her retirement. She was engaged to Gus during all the years he was away during World War II and they married in 1946. Michael, their first child was born in 1947, followed by Betty Ann, in 1949. Michael was called to the ordained ministry and also to be a funeral director and Betty was called to marry David Begin, in 1968. They owned Dave’s Barbershop for many years in Downtown Waterville.
Their love gave birth to Stacy and Tom. Stacy is now living in South Portland with her husband, Matthew Holbrook, and their children, Sam and Jack. Tom lives with his wife, Laurie (Herr), and their children, Garrett, Katie and Alec, in Lititz, Pa. Florence is survived by one sister, Bernadette Hachey of Seton Village, Waterville; and several nieces and nephews. Florence loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren never forgetting birthdays and special events in their lives. She always worried about their doing well in whatever they took on. Her retirement years were taken up with daily walks with Gus, taking care of her home, very much enjoying her back porch and traveling both for pleasure and pilgrimage. Keeping her friends in the neighborhood, she also made great friends as far away as the Valley, you know who you are and we thank you. She was independent in every way until the age of 90 when sickness struck and her life became a sharing in the cross of Jesus as never before. The past few years in which she lost her mental and physical independence were the most difficult for her to bear and yet the core of her faith was always present when she received Holy Communion with prayerful reverence despite her increasing disability. Florence was predeceased by her parents; one brother, Gene; and two sisters, Rose and Alice. We, her children, are most grateful for the years of care she received from Dr. Waldron and her staff. We also give a most heartfelt thanks to the staff; nurses and certified nurse’s aides of Lakewood Manor both in the special care and long term care units; and hospice for their extraordinary competent and compassionate care for Mom during her time in residence there.
Visitation time is 6-8 p.m. Aug. 30, at Veilleux Funeral Home, Waterville. Florence’s funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Notre Dame Church. Burial will be after at St. Francis Cemetery.