AUBURN — Gilberte “Gil” Irene Farrell, age 81, of 33 Hackett Road, Auburn, died Wednesday morning, June 2, at the Hospice House.

She was born in Lewiston on June 20, 1928, daughter of the late Alphonse and Hally Boucher St. Hilaire. She graduated in the top ten in her class from Lewiston High School in 1947 and married Paul Nathan Farrell on Oct. 18, 1952.

She loved music, singing and dancing, the ocean, swimming, her garden, her rosary, collecting jewelry, cooking and watching the birds, especially the hummingbirds at the feeders she lovingly maintained. She was fond of playing cards with friends and family. Dearest of all to her were her children and grandchildren.

She was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church, singing for many years in the choir. She belonged to the Golden Age Club and was a member of New Auburn Senior Citizens and Association Canado — Americaine (ACA). Gil especially enjoyed performing with “The Silver Tones,” a band led by her husband, Paul. The Silver Tones played at local events and entertained the residents at many nursing and rest homes.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Paul Nathan Farrell; sons, Michael and Charles Farrell, both of Auburn; daughters, Linda Farrell of Front Royal, Va., Jane Price of Urbana, Md., Susan MacKay of Ellsworth and Debra Hughes of Urbana, Md.; 13 grandsons, Paul M. J. Farrell, Sean and Ian Glick, Alex Deraps, Nathan, Samuel, Benjamin and John Paul Price, Shawn Lyons and Patrick MacKay, Matthew, David and Joshua Bates; and four granddaughters, Keara Heavener, Mary and Stephanie Price and Sara Lyons. She is also survived by a number of great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Alphonse, Armand and Joseph ?Lee St. Hilaire and her sisters, Gertrude Beaulieu and Carmen Morin.

Her unfailing love for family, sense of humor and laughter and the tantalizing aroma of her cooking will be greatly missed, but never forgotten by those who loved her.

The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to all staff and volunteers at the Hospice House for the kind and gentle comfort-c

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