MEXICO – Mrs. Georgette Leona Bellegarde Holmquist, 86, passed away Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at her residence on Roxbury Road in Mexico, surrounded by her family.

Born in Andover, Maine, on Feb. 8, 1932, she was a daughter of Cyrille and Grace (Tanguay) Bellegarde. She was a graduate of Stephens High School class of 1952, and went on to get a certification in mechanics and CNA.

She worked all her life until she retired at 67 years old. She worked cleaning offices and homes with her mother. She had the opportunity to work for the “SNOW’S” in Old Orchard Beach as a nanny when she was a teenager. She worked for Androscoggin Home Health Care as a CNA and for Rumford Hospital.

Georgette loved to travel and experience seeing the United States. She enjoyed hiking, swimming, sewing and many other activities. She loved camping at Dummer’s Beach with her family in the summer.

She married the love of her life, Clifford Nils Holmquist Sr., on May 17, 1952, in Mexico, Maine.

Survivors include three sons, George of Boca Raton, Fla., Craig of Peru, Paul and his wife, Kristi, of Dixfield; five daughters, Candace Holmquist, Valerie Marston and husband, Garry, Melody Holmquist, Jacqueline Pettegrow and husband, Gene, Andrea Holmquist all of Mexico; brothers, Conrad Bellegarde and wife, Lois, of Mexico, Lionel Bellegarde and wife, Gloria, of Clarksville, Va., Reginald Bellegarde of Rumford, Roland Bellegarde and wife, Mary Ann, of Rumford, Fern Bellegarde of Rumford, Pete Bellegarde of Dixfield; a sister, Mary Jane Gauvin of Springfield, Mass.; 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Clifford,;their son, Clifford Jr., her parents; sisters, Theresa Prevost and Frances Gallant; two brothers, Eugene and Norman Bellegarde; and great-grandchild, Christopher Dale.

Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest book and share memories with the family at www.meaderandson.com.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m., Thursday Jan. 31, 2019, at the Parish of The Holy Savior St. Athanasius St. John Church in Rumford. Interment in the spring will be in the Demeritt Cemetery in Peru. Friends and family are invited to call at the Meader & Son Funeral Home, 3 Franklin St., Rumford, Maine, on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m.