Rejeanne Allen


FARMINGTON – Rejeanne Allen “Regina,” 65, of Jay, died Sunday, July 1, at Franklin Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. In the hours leading up to her death, her bedside was surrounded by many family members.

She was born June 26, 1942, in the Province of Quebec, Canada, a loving daughter of Albert and Laurence Thibodeau. On June 28, 1960, she married Ernest Allen in Pound Ridge, N.Y. She was a business owner for most of her life, first owning a successful grocery store and delicatessen in Norwalk, Conn.

After selling that business, she owned the Swiss Colony Cottages (formerly True’s Camps) in Rangeley. It was in this business that her love for others was so clearly shown. For many years, she was the hostess for families while they were on vacation in the mountains of Western Maine that she loved so much. In addition, she also owned JR’s Coffee Shop and Rangeley Public Storage.

She was an incredibly hard worker in everything she did. She thoroughly enjoyed working in her gardens, which were always meticulously maintained. She also enjoyed taking care of her home, fishing in Rangeley Lake, snowmobiling (especially to the top of Spotted Mountain) and picking blueberries.

More than anything else, she loved and enjoyed spending time with her large family. The love that she always showed for her brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews will never be forgotten. She will always be remembered by family and friends as a woman of great character and integrity and could always be counted on in a time of need.

She will be remembered as a giving and kind person, a loving wife and will long be known for always putting the needs of others first. She will be missed by her family more than anyone can possibly imagine.

She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Ernie of Jay; three brothers, Jacques of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Pierre of Rangeley and Jean-Marc of Stratford, Conn.; four sisters, Pauline of Sarasota, Fla., Jacqueline of Goffstown, N.H., Julienne of Manchester, N.H., and Florence of Manchester, N.H.; one brother-in-law, Robert of Bethel, Conn.; and 55 loving nieces and nephews.