LEWISTON – Blanche Martel Bolduc, 98, of 7 Furbush St., Lewiston, died at her home on Friday, July 27, surrounded by her family.
She was born in Ste. Paul de la Croix P.Q., Canada, Jan. 25, 1909, the daughter of Elzear and Victoria Ouellette Cote.
She moved to Lewiston with her family at the age of three months old, where she remained a resident all her life. She was educated in local schools.
She married Levite Martel, March 9, 1931, and he passed away in 1968. She later married Arthur C. Bolduc Dec. 10, 1971. He died Oct. 19, 1986.
In her younger years she was employed at the Continental Mill, and she later became a certified nursing assistant and worked at both CMMC and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, where she met her husband Arthur.
She belonged to Holy Cross Parish, where she was a member for many years of the Holy Cross French Choir. She had belonged to Holy Cross Senior Citizens, and Lewiston Senior Citizens.
She enjoyed music, was a self-taught piano player, and liked singing, reading and traveling. She also was an avid bingo player.
She also loved her Sunday outing of a long drive and dinner at various restaurants with her son, Roger.
She was such a special mom, always there to help, and putting everyone first before herself. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
She leaves us with many wonderful memories.
Her motto in life was, “There’s a reason for everything.” A heart-felt goodbye, precious mom until we meet again, we love you and ask that you watch over us, you’re one of God’s angels now.
She is survived by two daughters, Jeannine Beliveau and husband, Donald, of Lewiston, Anita Ouellette and husband, Robert, of Macedon, N.Y.; three sons, Richard Martel and wife, Celine, of Lewiston, Robert Martel and wife, Kelly, of Auburn, and Roger Martel, with whom she made her home with, and was taken care of until her death; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A special thank you to her granddaughter, Michelle Tuyn and husband, Richard, for the financial support throughout her illness, and granddaughter, Carol Spencer and husband, Raymond, who spent countless hours of special time with their grandmother.
Also a very special nephew, Ronald Ouellette, they always had a special bond together.
She was predeceased by her parents; three sisters, Emilia Gosselin, Ida Beaudoin and Yvonne Arcouette; five brothers, Aldolphe, Ralph, Elisee, Eugene and Napoleon.