LEWISTON — Penny Pare, 75, died in her Lewiston home per her wishes, surrounded by her loving family, Thursday, Jan. 11, following a brief battle with lymphoma.
As the oldest girl in a family of 13, Penny started her mothering role at an early age, helping with the care of her younger siblings. She went on to mother three children of her own and dedicated her time solely to them until they were in school. Her love for her children and all animals remained the primary focus of her life.
Penny returned to the workforce in retail sales for local businesses. Known by many for her quick wit and boundless energy, her tenacity and unfaltering work ethic, she was the top salesperson numerous times in her career. In her retirement, Penny was able to spend more time with her immediate family and beloved cats, as well as new friends and joy at the YWCA.
Penny, born in Lewiston to Jesse J. and Anita (Matthews) Craw, is survived by her three children: Timothy (Cheryl) Fortunato, Lisa (Marc Blanchette) Fortunato, Angela (Mark) Cyr; stepchildren, Christine (Mumuau), James and Tony Pare, and their families; grandchildren, Anthony and Garrett Fortunato, and youngest, Connor Cyr; step-grandchildren, Jessica, Seamus and Keegan; and great-grandchildren, Ava and Tanner; siblings, Jerry, Shoni (Greaton), Tommy, Jesse Jr., Cindy, Gard, Vicki (Anderson) and Lori; and numerous nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews.
Penny is preceded by her husband, Jean T. Pare; her parents; and four siblings, Dick, Steve, Bonnie and Cassie (Sharp).