1923 – 2014

AUBURN — Stella O. Marcoux (Fleurange Stella Ouellette), 91, a resident of the Sarah Frye Home, 751 Washington St., Auburn, and formerly of 10 Oak St., Lewiston, and 20 Great Falls Plaza, Auburn, died Thursday morning, May 1, at Clover Health Care, following a brief illness.

Stella was born in Lewiston on April 22, 1923, a daughter of Josephel and Emelia (Duquette) Ouellette. She was a lifelong resident of Lewiston and Auburn. While growing up in New Auburn, she attended St. Louis Elementary School. She and her brother, Aime, escaped from the Great New Auburn Fire on May 15, 1933, as the roof burned on St. Louis school. Her home and her father’s business were completely destroyed, and over 2,000 people from 422 families were left homeless. After the fire, she attended St. Joseph’s School and Lewiston High School.

On Sept. 14, 1946, she married Gerard R. Marcoux, her loving husband of 55 years who passed away on July 10, 2002. Stella was employed over the years at Bates Manufacturing in the spinning room and at various shoe shops as a fancy stitcher.

Stella was a member of St. Louis, St. Mary’s, St. Joseph’s, Holy Family and later Sacred Heart Catholic parishes. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, “I want to help you.”

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. David (Aline) Brozeau of Ocala, Fla., and Mrs. Marc (Diane) Gilbert of New Gloucester; five grandchildren, Gregory Beaudet and wife, Valerie, of Beverly, Mass., Kevin Beaudet and wife, Hope, of Haverhill, Mass., Clifford Gilbert and wife, Courtenay, of Sandy Hook, Conn., Andrew Gilbert of Stamford, Conn., and Abigail Gilbert of Ithaca, N.Y.; and five great-grandchildren, Logan, Lucas, Derek and Brayden Beaudet and Cameron Gilbert. Stella was also survived by several nieces and nephews; and friends, Jessica Long, Victor Newton, Gerard Beaudet, Therese Pepin and Lorraine Gosselin.

Stella was predeceased by her husband; parents; two sisters, Leona Jean and Germaine Ouellette; and four brothers, Laurier, Adrian, Conrad and Aime Ouellette.

The family would like to extend sincere thanks to the ER and M1 medical staff at Central Maine Medical Center, the staff at the Sarah Frye Home and Clover Health Care, and special friends Dustin, Nicole and Isaak Barry.

Condolences, donations and a video tribute may be accessed online at www.albert-burpee.com.

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