Madelaine F. Labbe, 96: Strong work ethic, owned dairy farm

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BRUNSWICK — Madelaine F. Labbe, 96, died Wed. Oct. 20, at Amenity Manor Nursing Home in Topsham.

Born in Wallagrass on Sept. 16, 1914, a daughter of Cyprien and Marie Morin Labbe, she grew up on the family’s potato farm and attended local schools.

On Oct. 22, 1935, she married Louis J. Labbe and moved to Brunswick.

From 1936 to 1969 she and her husband owned and operated Labbe’s Dairy Farm in Brunswick.

She later worked for J.J. Newbury for 20 years and then spent two days a week working at Day’s Newsstand until she retired in 2003.

She was a longtime communicant of St. John the Baptist Church, and served as a Eucharistic minister for 20 years.

A hard worker, she could be found milking cows, pitching hay, gardening, making soap and butter, as well as taking care of her home.

She enjoyed playing the piano, card games, making baked beans and bread for the family every weekend, and visiting the sick and elderly.

Her husband Louis predeceased her May 23, 1983. She was also predeceased by a son, Richard Labbe, in 1952, two brothers, Roland and Raoul Labbe, and four sisters, Veronica Labbe, Vitaline Labbe, Irene Gagnon, and Loulia Daigle.

Surviving are six children; three daughters, Louise T. Patterson and her husband Glen of Fallbrook, Calif., Ann L. Wilson and her husband Edward of Topsham, and Claire M. Wallace and her husband Charles F. Jr. of Brunswick, and three sons, Noel J. Labbe and his wife Nancy of Oswego, N.Y., Louis “Joe” Labbe and his wife Dale of Greenville, and Leon P. Labbe and his wife Leah of Brunswick; a sister, Mary Jane Fournier of Eagle Lake; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews; and cousins.

Memorial services were held last weekend.

Arrangements are by Demers-Desmond Funeral Home, 34 Cushing St., Brunswick.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Elementary School, 39 Pleasant St., Brunswick.

Condolences to the family may be expressed and a guestbook signed at

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