TAMPA, Fla. – Rita (Martin) Giroux-Legault, 81, of Zephyrhills, Fla., and Lewiston, died on May 10, at a Tampa hospital, surrounded by her family.

Born at St. Quentin, N.B., Canada, Feb. 11, 1923, the daughter of Abel and Angeline (Desjardins) Martin, she was raised in Van Buren and moved to Lewiston in 1941, where she worked in various local factories for over 40 years.

She will be remembered for having an incredible zest for life and a spirit that was full of fun. She loved to dance, laugh, play cards and make margaritas. She had a passion for sewing and the ability to create fashions from sight.

She is survived by her husband, William Legault; three loving children: two sons, Richard Giroux and his wife, Jane of Bangor and Dan Giroux and his fiancee, Jane of Poway, Calif.; her daughter and best friend, Suzanne Giroux Pooler and her husband, Kermit of Fort Kent; she will also be greatly missed and remembered always by her six grandchildren, Nicole, Brian, Alix, Eric, Kathie and Jesse; five great-granddaughters, Brooke, Morgan, Abigail, Emma and Kate; her four sisters and their husbands, Mrs. Val (Aurore) Mercier of Lewiston, Mrs. Leo (Theresa) Tardif of Winter Haven, Fla., Mrs. Hoyt (Fern) Hale of Birmingham, Ala., and Mrs. Jack (Mamie) Rocheleau of Fairfield, Conn.; one brother, Leopold Martin of Knoxville, Tenn.; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends in Lewiston and Zephyrhills.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Alban “Slim” Giroux of Lewiston in 1968; by three brothers, Percy, Gilman and Normand Martin all of Lewiston; and two sisters, Mrs. Phillip (Jeanette) Ayotte of Bridgeport, Conn., and Mrs. Babe (Eva) Vaillancourt of Lewiston.

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