ORLANDO, FLA. — Juli Ann Paradis Chicoine died at Florida Hospital South in Orlando on May 4. She suffered from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm.
She was born in Lewiston on April 17, 1963, and was educated in Lewiston schools, graduating from Lewiston High School in 1981. She continued her formal education at the University of Maine in Orono, completing her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1985.
Following her graduation, she joined the U.S. Navy, where she was assigned to the Bethesda Hospital and later to Pax River Naval Air Station, both in Maryland. During her tour of duty in the Navy she attained the rank of lieutenant. She specialized in gynecology and labor and delivery.
In 1988 she married Ron Chicoine and they were blessed with three sons. While her husband trained at Hartford Hospital, she worked for Corometrics based in Farmington, Conn.
In 1994, after residing briefly in Hanover, N.H., while Ron completed his fellowship, the family moved back to Maine where they continue to reside. For some years she owned and operated a gourmet gift basket company known as The Perfect Basket as well as her own tea company. During the past several years she was kept well-occupied with her husband, boys, home, friends, books and travel and took great delight at beating Ron at backgammon. Over the past 15 years, summers were spent at their camp in Pine Point, Scarborough, one of her favorite spots on this Earth. In June, she was always thrilled to pack up and “vamos” to the beach. She worked hard at maintaining a healthy lifestyle, walking with her friends and her puppies, Cookie and Red, practicing yoga, running and biking. She had a huge heart and boundless energy. “No” was not part of her vocabulary, especially to dark chocolate, which she adored.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Ron; cherished sons, Calvin, Elliot and Forrest; her mother, Jeanne Beliveau; her father, Paul Paradis and his wife, Ginny, of Mexico; one brother, Paul Paradis and his wife, Melanie; two sisters, Becky Lessard and her husband, Jamie, and Christina Paradis and Dan O’Halloran of Hooksett, N.H.; her mother-in-law, Anita Murphy and her husband, Pat; her father-in-law Rene Chicoine and his wife, Rosi, of Auburn and Rangeley; a brother-in-law, Jeff Chicoine and his wife, Kristin; a sister-in-law, Wendy Poutre and her husband, Tim, of Strathan, N.H.; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and numerous dear friends who will miss her bright smile and her unique ability to bring family and friends together with any excuse to celebrate.
Her wishes to be an organ donor ensure that many other families will be blessed by her kindness and compassion.
Juli has touched our lives and will forever be in our hearts.