PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Rena J. Albert of Lewiston, lost her courageous battle to cancer on Tuesday, March 30, surrounded by her loving family at Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
She was born Nov. 18, 1941, in Durham, to Laurier and Felanise (Boutin) Girardin. She married Leo E. Albert Sr. of Lisbon Center on July 6, 1963. During their 47 years of marriage, she and Leo were blessed with two children and two grandchildren.
She attended a one-room schoolhouse in Durham until the eighth grade. Proving to her children and all those around her that education is very important, she earned her GED at Lewiston High School at the age of 49. She then continued on to Bernard’s School of Hair Fashion in Lewiston, to complete her childhood dream. After graduating from Bernard’s School of Hair Fashion, she proudly became self-employed with a one-chair salon at her residence, named Rena’s Salon.
Prior to working as a hair stylist, she worked in various positions ranging from a baker at Dainty Bits and Pineland to a spinner at Farwell-Farnsworth Mills and upper leather cutter at Falcon Shoe, among other shoe shops.
She was an avid collector and reader of books, including world history, autobiographies and biographies. For those who knew her, most will remember her landscaping talents and skills that would be envied by most.
Out of all of her life’s achievements, her greatest pride and joys consisted of her family and friends. She was an outstanding wife, mother and grandmother, even in her last moments of her life. “Love and Family” best describes her. She will be sadly missed as the biggest cheerleader at her grandchildrens’ activities.
She leaves behind her husband, Leo; a son, Leo E. Albert Jr. (aka Lee, Buddy) of Oxford and long-time companion, Rebecca Hood; a daughter and son-in-law, Corena and Stephen Weldon of Auburn; grandchildren, Courtney and Garrett Weldon of Auburn; sisters, Mona Girardin and husband, Jack, of Fort Meyers, Fla., and Anita Pearl of Auburn; brother, Roma Girardin and wife, Donna, of Auburn; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by one brother, Norman Girardin of Buckfield.