Jeannine Roy LeBlanc
1930 – 2010
AUBURN — Jeannine Roy LeBlanc, 79, of Webster Street, Lewiston passed away Tuesday, March 9, with family and friends by her side at the Androscoggin Hospice House, after a year long battle with cancer.
She was one of 10 siblings born May 3, 1930, in St. Quentin, New Brunswick, Canada, a daughter of Joseph and Yvonne (Lepage) Roy. She moved to Lewiston as a teenager and worked in local shoe shops until joining Normand LeBlanc in marriage in 1951.
During their 37 years together, they had two sons, cultivated large vegetable and flower gardens, raised beef cattle, and returned to St. Quentin, New Brunswick, in 1973. She worked hard all of her life, and in addition to the operation of a profitable dairy farm, also started a nursery and greenhouse, and was instrumental in the startup and continued success of Dairytown, an award-winning butter company.
She left New Brunswick and began a new chapter of her life in Lewiston, working tirelessly in the nursing home and home care industry, treating her patients with the greatest dignity and care. She built a new home, and took great pride in her custom finish work, including beautiful hardwood floors and stairs. An esteemed master gardener, her landscaping and grounds were featured in local garden tours. She had a wealth of advice and knowledge to share with anything plant related. Carpentry, sewing, woodcutting, machinery and auto repair projects kept her busy and she always did that “one more thing” to make life better.
Friends and family will remember her for her love of the outdoors, fishing and travel. Many pictures of trout fishing trips grace the albums of loved ones. She traveled in Europe, Australia, Alaska and domestically, making new and lasting friendships with those she met along the way. She enjoyed planning trips, but was also known to make spontaneous visits to family and friends in Canada and in the States; she was always open to new adventures.
She is survived by her two sons, Giles LeBlanc and wife, Claire and Alan LeBlanc and wife, Diane, both of Lewiston; her grandchildren, Amiee LeBlanc Gloe of Anchorage, Alaska, Katie LeBlanc of Kingfield, Jesse LeBlanc and wife, Jaime, of Sumner and Sarah LeBlanc of Gardiner; and siblings, Muguette Hardee of Florida, Giselle Savoie of New Brunswick, Laurent and Laurier Roy both of Lewiston, Normand Roy of Auburn, Gaston Roy of New Brunswick, Lorraine Padmos of Rhode Island, Alain and Wilfrid Roy, both of Quebec; and sister-in-law and friend, Joan Roy.
She was predeceased by her parents.