MADAWASKA – Mildred Gerard Lacombe, 84, died April 11, 2009, at a Fort Kent health care facility. She was born Feb. 7, 1925, in Limestone, daughter of Edward and Marie Gerard. During World War II, she was the pinup girl on the Victory ship, SS Madawaska Victory. In her younger, years she was an avid bowler and loved fishing. In her 40s, she became a good golfer and quilter. She also enjoyed gardening and was always anxious for spring so she could start growing her tomatoes and cucumbers. Mildred is survived by her son, David Lacombe and his wife, Monti, of Herndon, Va.; a daughter, Andrea Lacombe and her husband, James Reid, of Mesa, Ariz.; two sisters, Rochelle Boyer of Simi Valley, Calif., and Geneva Schocklin of Clearwater, Fla.; three brothers, Harold Gerard of Madawaska, Ronald Gerard and his wife, Jeannine, also of Madawaska, and Valmon Gerard and his wife, Fernande, of Chino, Calif.; many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind two dear friends, Nathalie and Jasen Thibeault of Madawaska; and her beloved toy poodle, JJ. In addition to her parents, Mildred was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, Conrad Lacombe, who died Dec. 11, 1992; and her siblings, Esther Martin, Adeline Mavor, Herman Gerard and Rena Mae Fife. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, April 16, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Madawaska. Family and friends may visit 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. until time of service Thursday at Daigle Funeral Home. Spring interment will be at the parish cemetery.