LINCOLN – Jean Currier passed away peacefully Feb. 7, 2014, from symptoms related to Cancer after bravely fighting a lengthy battle with the disease at the age of 81, with family by her side. Her courage and zest for life will be forever be remembered and passed down to all of her decendents. She will be deeply mourned and missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was predeceased by her father, Walter Lovejoy; mother and stepfather, Leona and Pete Taylor; three sisters, Beatrice, Eleanor, and Lilly; as well as one brother, Leonard. Surviving are husband, Sheldon; sister, Pauline; brother, Gary; and her three sons and their wives, Gregory and Gina, Randall and Kathy, and Daniel and Maria. Jean also leaves behind six loving grandchildren, Kristen and Nicole Currier, Jared and Charlee Currier, Nicholas Guiod, Samantha Dunnel and her husband, Chris. Jean’s living legacy also includes four wonderful great-grandchildren, Madison, Mathew, Kaylin, and Isabella. Also surviving are “very dear to the heart” family friends, Kevin and Mona Jipson, along with many, many nieces, nephews and their families.
A loving, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she was born Jean Louise Lovejoy in Lincoln on the date of Oct. 6, 1932. Jean had an incredible passion for life, love and laughter. Jean was a sports enthusiast all of her life. Her enjoyment was not only limited to the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox, but also included great interest in High School Athletics.
A great athlete in her own right, Jean was a skilled and accomplished Bowler with many achievements and awards. Her aptitude for sports was first discovered on the Mattanawcook Academy High School Basketball courts where both her skill and athletic desires began to flourish. Jean was also proud to be a Majorette for Lincoln’s High School Marching Band and would often amaze her family and friends with her baton twirling expertise. She graduated from Mattanawcook Academy in 1950. This is also where she met and eventually married Sheldon W. Currier, her loving husband of 60 years in January of 1954. His career in the Air Force led her and their children to many locations around the world. While this helped to forge a tight knit love and unbreakable bond for her family, for Jean however, Lincoln was always home and where she spent the last 31 years of her life. A great listener and conversationalist, Jean was considered a neighborhood mom by many. She would welcome and befriend any acquaintances of her sons into her home. They enjoyed her company as much as she enjoyed theirs!
Jean was employed as a Sales Associate with Freese’s Department Store in Bangor for several years before finally settling back in Lincoln in 1973 where shortly thereafter she began a new 13 year career as an Optical Assistant on Lee Street. She was a model employee who greeted, served and helped many of Lincoln citizens with their vision with her usual amount of great care and understanding during her time of service with Dr. Joe Sleeper.
Jean was also an avid fisherman and camper. Her penchant for having fun and sharing good times with others, along with a tremendous sense of humor enabled her to get the most out of life. These attributes were contagious to those who were fortunate enough to enjoy her company.
Some may say or consider 81 years an adequate span of time for one to have lived a long and fulfilling life, however, in this case, the family and loved ones Jean leaves behind believe it was not nearly long enough! We say “God bless you and may the Lord not only welcome you to the Kingdom of Heaven with a loving embrace, but enjoy your company as well.”
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at St. Mary of Lourdes Catholic Church, Lincoln, with the Rev. Myles Cyr officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Cancer Care Center of Brewer, payable to Cancer Care, care of EMHS Foundation, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931. To sign an online guest register and to leave written condolences, please visit www.clayfuneralhome.com.