MILLINOCKET – Margaret L. Deschaine, 99, wife of the late Norman G. Deschaine, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her children. She was born Feb. 2, 1914, in Millinocket, the daughter of Frank and Lottie (Boyle) Guy.
Margaret grew up in Millinocket, and was educated in Millinocket schools, graduating from Stearns High School, class of 1933. She was married to Norman in 1939, and together they shared 48 years until his death in 1987. Having the reputation as “the best cook in town,” Margaret was a cook at Millinocket Regional Hospital for 18 years, and will long be remembered for her Saturday afternoons spent baking beans and fresh homemade bread, which always seemed to draw a crowd! She also greatly enjoyed picking berries, especially blueberries and raspberries. She was very active in the local Democrat party, and was on a first name basis with politicians from Ed Muskie to George Mitchell. Margaret served as a ballot clerk for over 50 years for the town of Millinocket. She was a communicant of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Millinocket, and was very much involved with the social activities at the church. Margaret was a charter member of the Daughters of Isabella Council No. 392, Little Flower Circle in Millinocket. She was extremely well traveled, having visited the countries of Qatar, Australia, Norway, Germany, England, Spain, France, Italy, Israel and Ireland. Margaret will be remembered fondly and greatly missed by her family, of whom she was especially proud.
She is survived by three daughters, Joanne Pulkinen and her husband, Walter, presently of Millinocket, Norma Cesare and her husband, Peter, of Millinocket, and Nancy Pray and her husband, Charles, of Millinocket; her son, Lawrence Deschaine and his wife, Vicki, of Spokane, Wash.; ten grandchildren, Sonja, Sandra, Robert, Andrea, Pamela, Carmela, Damon, Jason, Ronnie and Michael; 13 great-grandchildren, Jo-lene, Jacob, Holly, Anthony, Zach, Zeb, Alexander, Abigail, Mitchell, Lucas, Sadie, Gwen and Justine; a brother, Gerald Guy of Columbia, Mo.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Margaret is also survived by her feline friend, Millie. In addition to her parents and husband, Margaret was predeceased by four brothers and three sisters.
Friends are invited to visit with the family 6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St., Millinocket, where a rosary service will be held 7:30 p.m. conducted by the officers and members of the Little Flower Circle Council No. 392, D.O.I. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Christ the Divine Mercy Parish at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 19 Colby St., Millinocket. Interment will be at the Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in memory of Margaret may be sent to the Katahdin Area Support Group, P.O. Box 374, Millinocket, ME 04462. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.