LEWISTON — Jeanne B. Caouette, 89, died peacefully after a short illness on July 8 while surrounded by her family at Central Maine Medical Center.
She was born in Moosejaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Joseph B. Morin and Bernadette L. Lebel. When her parents moved back to Brunswick, she attended St. John’s School and later on St. Joseph’s Academy in Portland.
In 1943 she became a naturalized citizen. The following year she married Edward J. Caouette.
She worked for over 20 years in the textile industry; first at Verney Mill in Brunswick, and later at Bates Manufacturing in Lewiston.
For 39 years she worked for Cottle’s Discount Foods until she retired in September 2010.
A talented seamstress, she sewed clothes for her children and grandchildren and also sewed many wedding dresses for friends and community members.
She loved to travel and took many memorable trips, including a month-long cross-country trip with her daughter Rachelle, and trips with friends to Hawaii, Switzerland, Rome, Jerusalem, Egypt and France.
Another favorite past-time was gardening and was known as the “Dahlia lady” at the Brunswick Community Garden.
She was predeceased by her husband Edward J. Caouette.
Survivors include her two children, Robert E. Caouette and wife, Ruth of Topsham and Rachelle (Caouette) Moody of Brunswick; her grandchildren, Timothy E. Moody Jr., and his wife, Bethanne of Topsham, April-Lyn Caouette of Easthampton, Mass., Heather Moody of Boston, Mass., and Andrew Caouette and fiancee Samantha of Topsham; and one great-grandchild, Bailey Moody of Topsham; a brother, J. Roland Morin and his wife Dorina of Brunswick, and three sisters, Madeleine and husband Arthur Martel of Florida, Claire Parker of Fairfield; Yvette Donahue of Berwick; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A wake will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 17, at Demers-Desmond Funeral Parlor, 34 Cushing St., Brunswick, followed by an 11 a.m. funeral service at St. John’s Church, Pleasant Street, Brunswick.
Please visit desmondfuneralhomes.com to share your thoughts and condolences with her family.
Memorial donations may be made to The Smile Train at The Smile Train World Headquarters, 41 Madison Ave., 28th floor, New York, NY 10010; or to Food for the Poor, 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073.