LEWISTON – Irene A. Lajoie, 79, of 163 Old Greene Road, Lewiston, died at d’Youville Pavilion on Aug. 23, after a long illness.

She was born in Lewiston on Dec. 4, 1930, the daughter of Rosario and Victoria Allair Ouellette. She attended Holy Family School, St. Joseph Academy and was a graduate of Lewiston High School, Class of ’49. On Oct. 13, 1951, she married Adrien Lajoie, who passed away on Sept. 7, 2007.

Irene was a homemaker and also worked as a school traffic guide and was the first woman school bus driver. She enjoyed time spent with family and friends, music, skiing and days at the ocean.

A member of Holy Family Church, Prince of Peace Parish, she is survived by her sons, Leonard and wife, Pat of Florida and Denis of Texas; a daughter, Bonnie of Florida; a brother, Robert Ouellette and wife, Lorraine of Massachusetts; a sister, Pauline and husband, Jack Parshall of Lewiston; caregivers and sister-in-law, Jacqueline Lajoie and cousin, Lucille Marcoux, both of Lewiston; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and her husband of 59 years.

The family wishes to thank the staff of d’Youville 3 West for the care they gave Irene and also her roommate, Doris Masse and the staff of Beacon Hospice for being there for Irene and making her final days easier for her and us. Thank you. Donations and condolences may be accessed online at www.albert-burpee.com.

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