CUMBERLAND — Constance Mary Roux, 77, died Dec. 14 in Kennebunk after a long illness.
Roux was born in Lewiston on Feb. 8, 1934 to Catherine W. and James B. Longley.
She graduated from Lewiston High School and later attended Bowdoin College before receiving her associate degree from the University of Maine. She worked for many years as a network programmer at New England Telephone before retiring in 1993.
She was very active in her community and church as a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Lewiston and later at Holy Martyrs in Falmouth. An avid gardener, she also enjoyed boating and was a lifelong Celtics fan, especially admiring Bill Russell.
When her brother, James Longley, ran for gubernatorial office against Angus King, Roux’s keen interest in politics got her deeply involved. She later ran for State Senate against Olympia Snowe, losing the contest by just 146 votes.
Roux was pre-deceased by her husband Don, and her second husband Frank Scalera. Her son, James Roux, died on Sept. 11, 2011, in the attack on the World Trade Centers. She was also pre-deceased by her siblings, James Longley, Frank Longley, Mary Longley and Eileen (Longley) Bradbury.
She is survived by her sister, Marguerite (Longley) Murphy of Cumberland; her children David Roux of Upperville, Va., Donna Hart of Brisbane, Calif., Katie Papkee of Cumberland, Sally Tartre of Kennebunk, and Mary Train of Cumberland; 14 grandchildren: Alex, Jocelyn, Margot, Jamie, Patrick, Ian, Jenna, Sarah, Christopher, Sierra, Sam, Amelia, Bailey and Moira; and great-grandchild, Nicholas.
Visiting hours were held on Dec. 18 at Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Ln., Yarmouth. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 19 at Holy Martyrs Catholic Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth. Burial will take place in Mount Hope Cemetery in Lewiston.