Jeanne Lemay


Jeanne d’Arc Lemay

1931 – 2010

LEWISTON — Jeanne d’Arc Lemay, 78, of 234 Lincoln St., Lewiston, died unexpectedly Saturday, April 3, at her home.

Born in Lewiston on May 25, 1931, she was the daughter of Joseph and Alberta Gagnon Chouinard. On Nov. 27, 1954, she married Normand A. Lemay at St. Mary’s Church in Lewiston. She worked in the spinning room of the Continental Mill for 15 years. Later, she worked in area shoe shops, and at D’Youville Pavilion, retiring in 1990. She had left school early in order to support her family, but at the age of 49 she graduated from Lewiston High School, and proudly walked down the aisle in her cap and gown, along with her son, Marcel, and her future daughters-in-law, Cathy Pelletier and Rita Lanois, to receive her diploma with the Class of ’80. A member of St. Louis Church, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, she also belonged to the Association Canado-Americaine, Horizons 55, Covenant 50, Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, and the Ladies of St. Anne. She served as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Mary’s and St. Louis churches, and enjoyed cooking, crochet and all sorts of crafts. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband. She especially enjoyed her yearly visit to Grand Manan Island, where she enjoyed the chance to whale and birdwatch. She also enjoyed collecting recipes, amassing an impressive collection to pass onto her loving family. Her husband, children, and grandchildren were her pride and joy, and she enjoyed life to the fullest. She will be remembered for her sharp sense of humor and loving warmth.

Survivors include her husband, Normand, of Lewiston; two sons, Paul and wife, Rita Lemay, of Lewiston, and Marcel and wife, Cathy Lemay, of Lewiston; a daughter, Lucille, and husband, Andrew Hall, of Lewiston; and six grandchildren, Travis Lemay and his fiancee, Gina Goyette, Lynzee and her husband, Shawn Parker, Jeanne Hall, Justin Lemay, Kevin Lemay, and Angel Lemay and her fiancee, Travis Broussard.

Besides her parents; she was predeceased by a brother, Roger Chouinard, who died in 1979; and an infant sister, Rita.