AUBURN – Beatrice Fernande Labbe, 87, of Auburn, died on Monday, Dec. 8, at Clover Nursing Home.

Beatrice was born on Nov. 20, 1916 in Auburn, the daughter of Phillipe and Marie (Dionne) Baril.

Beatrice began working in the textile mills at 16 and retired in 1982. She was married to Martin P. Labbe at Camp Selby, Miss. on Aug. 2, 1942. She enjoyed being a mother and grandmother. Being outdoors and watching nature move around her was a favorite pastime, especially bird watching after retirement, telling her children and grandchildren stories about growing up in the Lewiston/Auburn area which were always informative and fun, and she loved a good joke, especially if it was aimed at her son-in-laws.

Humming some of her favorite tunes was part of her daily routine and was very infectious. Her sisters had taught her embroidery and needlepoint at a young age and she continued to pursue the art until recently. Beatrice was truly the personification of what a mother is.

Beatrice is survived by her husband Martin; four daughters, Paulette and husband, Christopher Crowley, of Lewiston, Madeleine and husband, David Thayer, of Willimantic, Elaine and husband, Keith Anderson, of Minn., and Sharon McKenna of Ky.; grandchildren Christopher Crowley Jr., Cynthia Crowley Imes, Michael Plummer, Martina Nistor, Robert Atkinson, Beatrice Atkinson; great-grandchildren Dominic Anthony Crowley, Carina Fay Crowley, Kayla Crowley Imes, Nicholas Nistor, Rebecca Atkinson, Zachary Atkinson, and Liley Atkinson.

She was predeceased by brothers Earnest and Henry Baril and sisters Louise Parise and Rita Seguin.

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