Colette L. Craine, 80: Former military wife, enjoyed bridge

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PORTLAND — Colette L. Craine, 80, died Sept. 4 at St. Joseph’s Manor with her loving family at her side, following several years of illness.

Born in Portland, the daughter of Dr. Philip and Anna Gauthier, she graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in 1948, attended New Rochelle College in New York and graduated from Katherine Gibbs School in Boston.

On June 21, 1952, she married Robert L. Craine in Portland after his graduation from the West Point Military Academy.

She accompanied him on various assignments in his 30 years of military service and was active in the Officers’ Wives Clubs and made many lifelong friends throughout the country.

After serving as a medical secretary for 13 years at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass., she returned to Portland in 1991.

In Portland she volunteered at the Good Cause Thrift Shop, enjoyed playing bridge with friends, entertaining and traveling. She particularly loved spending time at the camp on Moosehead Lake with family and friends. She was especially proud of being presented a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Air Force at a retirement parade for her husband in 1982.

She was predeceased by her brother, Dr. Paul Gauthier of Scarborough.

Survivors include her husband Bob of 59 years; her daughter Margot Sullivan and her husband Kerry of Gorham, and her son Michael Craine of Hudson, N.H.; and nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were previously held.

Arrangements are by Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland.

Memorial donations may be sent to Catherine McAuley High School Advancement Office, 631 Stevens Ave., Portland, ME 04102 toward a scholarship in her memory.

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