FORT KENT – Helen Louise Daigle, 92, after a short but courageous battle with cancer died Oct. 23, 2013, at Crosswinds Residential Care, Fort Kent. She was born Aug. 18, 1921, in Van Buren, the daughter of Dr. Wilfred J. Daigle and Rosalie (Pelletier) Daigle.
After high school graduation, Helen worked as a dental assistant for her father. She later moved to New York City and became a nanny and dental assistant for Dr. Greengold. Missing her family, she returned to Fort Kent in the 1960s to care for her aging parents and also managed the Martin’s Community Drug Store for a few years. She was employed as a customer service representative at Maine Public Service for many years where she was known by most of the members of the community. Helen was a past member of the Fort Kent BPW and a devoted member of the St. Louis Parish. For the past five years, she lived at the Crosswinds health care facility where she enjoyed activities, especially bingo. Helen was a very proud and independent woman, long before it was considered to be chic. Although she never married, her 20 nieces and nephews were like her own children. She was loving, caring, understanding, and will always be remembered as a wonderful cook. The family would like to thank the Crosswinds staff for the loving and tender care they provided for the past three years.
She is survived by her sister, Isabelle Daigle Gardner and her late husband, Donald, of Fort Kent; one brother, Ludger “Keck” Daigle and his wife, Theresa “Terry” Robichaud, of Rhode Island; and 20 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings, Oscar “Bill” Daigle and wife, Katherine “Kay” Nieding, Jeanne Daigle Fontaine and husband, Roger “Sonny” Fontaine, Fernand “Freddy” Daigle and wife, Magdalen “Maggie” Kenny, and Louis Daigle.
Friends may call 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Daigle Funeral Home, Fort Kent. Funeral service will be held 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be held at a later date at St. Bruno’s Catholic Cemetery, Van Buren. At the request of the family donations may be made to the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund, 194 East Main St., Fort Kent, ME 04743; or to a charity of ones choice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.