Hermance B. ‘Penny’ Drouin


LISBON — Hermance B. “Penny” Drouin, 88, formerly of 21 Fitzgerald Street, Lewiston, died May 22 at her daughter Cathy’s home at 14 Old Meadow Rd., where she lived for the past four years.

Born in Lewiston on Oct. 22, 1922, a daughter of the late Francis and Eva Fournier Lamontagne. She was educated in Lewiston schools and was married to Thomas D. Drouin on April 24, 1946. He died on April 9, 1993.

Mrs. Drouin was a member of the Prince of Peace Parish at The Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and also belonged to Holy Trinity. She worked at Knapp Shoe for 37 years, later worked as a receptionist at her son Dr. Drouin’s practice, and ran her own business with her daughter, Ann, as a seamstress called “La Coutiere.”

She enjoyed all of her children and loved playing with her grandchildren.

Hermance loved to spend as much time as she could with children, to sew and make clothes for them, and to knit and cook. She especially loved being a eucharistic minister for Saints Peter and Paul, delivering holy communion to shut-ins and those less fortunate.

She will be remembered for kindness and thoughtfulness and everlasting love for family, her humor and enlightenment when things got tough and being a true disciple of Christ.


She is survived by her three daughters, Annette Theriault Rioux, of Auburn, Cathy Russell and husband, Earl, of Lisbon, and Rachel Gagne, of Windham; four sons, Michael T. Drouin and wife, Anita, of Minot, Richard Drouin and wife, Lorraine, of Turner, Robert Drouin and wife, Monicque, of Dover, N.H., and Peter Drouin, of Lewiston; a special niece, Carmen LaChapelle and husband, Don, of Auburn; 16 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Lisbon Emergency, CMMC-ED and Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice for their heartwarming contribution and professionalism in her care during her final days of life.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.thefortingrouplewiston.com.