LEWISTON – Lucille G. Begin, 99, of Montello Manor, passed away Tuesday, April 21, with her daughters at her side.

She was born in Lewiston, Feb. 27, 1910, one of four children born to Alfred and Cora (Gregoire) LeBlanc. She was educated in local schools, attended Lewiston High School and remained a lifelong resident of this community.

On July 31, 1933, she married Jules O. Begin, who predeceased her Sept. 16, 1991. She and her husband Jules, founded White Star Laundry and Dry Cleaners and together they owned and operated the business for 32 years. She was an accomplished seamstress who later worked 10 years at Benoit’s Clothing, tailoring clothes until her retirement in 1978.

She was a member of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Parish, Patronesses of St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Ann’s Sodality at Holy Family Church, Lewiston Senior Citizens, YWCA, Musical Literary Club and the Rainbow Club. For several years after retirement, she volunteered in the gift shop at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

Among her favorite enjoyments in her free time was entertaining friends and family. She was an excellent cook. She also enjoyed quilting, crocheting, knitting and ceramics.

She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be sadly missed.

She leaves two daughters, Jacqueline Pelletier and her husband, Leo, of Scarborough and Yvette Rousseau and her husband, Gerard, of Lewiston; five grandchildren, Kathryn Whitmore and husband, Bill, Daniel Bergeron and companion, Jeff Gregory, Jean Bergeron and wife, Sharon, Marc Pelletier and wife, Cheryl, and Paul Bergeron and wife, Karen; six great-grandchildren, Gaeten Bergeron, Natalie Bergeron, Abigail Whitmore, Alexander Whitmore, Saige Purser and Nate Bergeron; two great-great-grandchildren, Soleil Vega and Gavin Bergeron; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jules; a sister, Lolita Lagueux; and two brothers, Alfred LeBlanc Jr. and Julien (Chic) LeBlanc.

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