LEWISTON – Lorene Mary McKenna Thibodeau passed into eternal rest on Saturday, Oct. 30.

She was born in Rumford on Nov.r 17, 1923, a daughter of James and Mary Walsh McKenna.

Lorene graduated from Stevens High School in 1941 and on May 20, 1946, married the one love of her life, the late Romeo Eli Thibodeau.

She dedicated her life to being a wonderful mother, wife, and homemaker.

She enjoyed being part of the Ladies Auxiliary, and was a devout Catholic.

Between the years of 1948 and 1960, Lorene gave birth to six children whom she raised with Romeo until his passing in 1972. She then courageously assumed the role of parenting alone.

Throughout her life, Lorene loved to sew, quilt, needlepoint and take daily walks.

She was a constant support and role model for her children and friends and was blessed with true, lifelong friendships. She looked forward to her Thursday visits with Elizabeth Finnan and Sylvia Thibodeau, and Christmas visits with Jeanne Labrecque.

Lorene also received much joy in her later years whenever she got a chance to see her beloved brother, Stephen McKenna, and the many special hours spent with her children and being a great Nana. She takes all these unique memories with her.

Lorene was a patient at D’Youville Pavilion in Lewiston for seven years. She made many friends there who learned that to know Lorene is to love her.

She was given wonderful care by the staff on “4 West.” They allowed her last years to be bearable with their loving care.

Lorene was truly loved by many people and will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

She is survived by two sons, Victor and Theresa Thibodeau, of Roxbury, and Sidney and Katherine Thibodeau, of Nottingham, N.H.; four daughters, Rosemary and Eugene Martineau, of Dunnellon, Fla., Angela and Michael Matthews, of Rumford, Laurie Henson and companion, Jimmy Thompson, of Lewiston, and Denise and Larry Francis, of Mexico; 11 grandsons; five granddaughters; 10 great-grandsons; and eight great-granddaughters.

Besides her husband, Lorene was predeceased by a sister, Kathleen Holland; a brother, William McKenna; a grandson, Ronald Perry; and a great-granddaughter, Jolene Martineau.

Our hearts are broken but it is time to say goodbye to the best mother and friend in the world. Until we meet again.

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