HOULTON – Mary Ann “Blanche” Cyr, 94, died Monday, July 29, 2013, at Madigan Estates Nursing Home, Houlton. She was born April 13, 1919, in Fort Kent, daughter of Samuel and Christy (Castonguay) Caron.
Blanche was a communicant of Saint Mary of the Visitation Church, member of Houlton Council of Catholic Women and Houlton Regional Hospital Auxiliary where she was known as being in charge of the divinity fudge. Blanche was employed with several businesses in the Houlton area which included working for Sisters of Mercy, Northland Hotel, Houlton Regional Hospital coffee shop, and was best known for her 25 plus years with Henry Ivey at Ivey’s Restaurant as hostess. Blanche was a very formidable woman and at the same time a very caring and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and friend.
She is survived by son, Billy Cyr and wife, Sharon, of Danforth; daughters, Karen Gallop and husband, Alwyn “Pee Wee,” of Houlton, Louann Ritchie and husband, Jimmy, of New Limerick, Pam Mailman and husband, Ray, of Linneus, and Tricia McCarthy and husband, Larry, of Houlton; fourteen grandchildren, David, Brent, Beth Ann, Sherry, William John “BJ,” Christopher, Kristi, Shane, Lynette, Tara, Jennifer, Billi Ann, Nathan and Alicia; 30 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews, Pam Crawford Dorta, John Crawford and wife, Stacey, Doloris Dunphy Briggs, and Woody Dunphy and wife, JoAnn. She was predeceased by her husband William; brothers, Helaire and Zenon; and sisters, Amanda Dunphy and Christine Crawford.
Friends may call 11 a.m. until the time of departure for service Wednesday, at Dunn Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 1 p.m. at Saint Mary of the Visitation Church, with the Rev. David Raymond celebrant. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Gifts may be made in Blanche’s memory to St. Mary’s Building Fund, Hospice of Aroostook-Houlton Division; or the charity of one’s choice, care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730. Online condolences and guest book: www.dunnfuneral.com.