Emma Parker Belanger

AUBURN – Emma Parker Belanger, 90 years old, passed away peacefully on Nov. 26, 2021 at Clover Health Care Facility in Auburn after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s and after contracting Covid.

There are many important people in the world and Emma (Parker) Belanger was one of them. Emma was important to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. And to her nieces, nephews, and all the children she cared for during her lifetime. She’ll be greatly missed.

Emma was born in Lewiston on Sept. 23, 1931 to Mildred Hoy Parker and Alton Parker of Hogan Road. She was the oldest of four, the big sister to Sonny, Fred, and Eugene. Life was hard during the Depression but those years clearly made Emma a very strong woman.

After graduating from Lewiston High School in 1950, Emma worked at various jobs in Lewiston and then moved to Meriden, Conn. There she married Robert Belanger and began her life as a homemaker and mother of three, Lynn, Cathi, and Gregg. Emma proved herself as a great cook, seamstress, knitter, teacher, and nurturer.

After returning to Lewiston in the early 1970s and the death of her husband Robert, Emma was busy being a grandmother to her seven wonderful grandchildren, Brandon, Travis, Kristin, Alicia, Fletcher, Mitchell and Cassi.

Many will remember Emma for her love of nature and animals. She took great pleasure with the world around her and was often found feeding the birds, squirrels, and wildlife around her house in Lewiston. She was greatly involved in feral cat rescue in the area for many years.

Later in life, Emma became devoted to her great granddaughter, Braelynn, and the two of them shared a special bond.

Emma was predeceased by her parents, Alton and Mildred; her brother, Sonny (2016), her husband, Robert (1971); and son, Gregg (2011). She is survived by her brothers, Fred Parker and Eugene Parker, daughter Lynn Curran and daughter Cathi Waterman; grandchildren Travis Curran and Fletcher Curran, Kristin Waterman and Mitchell Waterman, Brandon Belanger, Alicia Belanger, and Cassi Belanger; along with seven great grandchildren.

A graveside memorial service is being planned.

Emma’s family wish to especially thank her caregivers at Clover Manor in Auburn for their very kind and patient care of Emma.

In lieu of flowers,

donations can be made to the Lewiston ASPCA in Emma’s name through Greater Androscoggin Humane Society, http://www.gahumane.org or to Friends of Feral Felines, http://feralfelines.net

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