Eileen Dubail, 95: Lived life of Christian faith, generosity

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PORTLAND — Eileen (Campbell) Dubail, 95, died May 7 at the St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation and Residence surrounded by her loving family.

Born Aug. 16, 1915, in Portland, the daughter of Joseph Edward and Mary Elizabeth Campbell, she attended Cathedral High School in Portland.

In June 1932 she married Edward F. Dubail.

As a young woman she worked at numerous Portland businesses, including serving as one of the last elevator operators in Portland at the Clapp Memorial Building on Congress Street.

Throughout the years, with her vibrant zest for life, she often brought the family together at her home for family dinners, game nights and numerous celebrations.

Seldom idle, she was known for her great knitting skills, making layettes for newborn relatives and hundreds of colorful mittens, doilies, quilts and christening gowns for generations to come.

An avid sports fan, she especially enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox and the many sports teams her grandchildren played on.

Affectionately called “Nannie” by her family and friends, she cared for many of her grandchildren and great- grandchildren, and also provided childcare for many non-family members.

Her faith in God was the key to her existence, and she instilled that value in her children. She was a life-long communicant of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, where she was active in numerous church organizations, including volunteering for the school, the Women’s Sodality and the Cathedral School Mothers’ Club. Generous and giving with her time and energy, even well into her 80s, she volunteered as an aide in the church rectory.

Her family would like to thank the caregivers at St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation and Residence and Hospice of Southern Maine for the excellent care and attention provided to her during her extended illness.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Dubail, a son, Richard L. Dubail, a daughter, Patricia E. Nueslein, a son-in-law, Robert Stewart, two grandsons, Timothy Stewart and Paul Dubail, and four brothers, Eugene, Joseph, John and Lawrence Campbell.

Surviving are three sons, Edward J. Dubail and wife Gloria, John E. Dubail and wife Ann, Robert F. Dubail and wife Louise, and two daughters, Edna M. Stewart, and Marjorie A. Walsh and husband Ted; a daughter-in-law, Georgia Dubail, and a son-in-law, John V. Nueslein; a brother, Richard C. Campbell and wife Angela; 27 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at the Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Maine, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, ME 04074.

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