Clemence G. Moreau, 88

Clemence G. Moreau

LEWISTON — Clemence Georgette “Jean” Moreau, 88, a resident of Schooner Estates, Auburn, formerly a longtime resident of Livermore Falls, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at Marshwood Center.

She was born July 2, 1924, in Durham, the daughter of Oliva and Leda (Laliberte) Jean. Clemence lived on her grandfather’s farm (Oliver Jean) in Durham for some of her childhood until her father, Oliva Jean, bought a farm in Auburn. Her grandparents later moved in with her parents on their farm in Auburn.

She attended school in Auburn; it was a one-room schoolhouse that held grades 1 through 8. Around the age of 16, Clemence went to work at Fred Drapeau’s store. Clemence had room, board and $4 a week.

One of Clemence’s first purchases was a pair of ice skates. She would skate on the edges of the Androscogggin River. After working at Fred Drapeau’s store, she moved in with Grandma Sophie Laliberte in Lewiston and worked in the textile mills, the Bleachery, and at the Hill’s Mill. Clemence and Theresa Moreau (Roland Moreau’s wife) worked together at Hill’s Mill, and that is how she met her future husband, Normand Moreau. Normand and Clemence were married in the Upper Chapel of St. Peter’s and Paul’s Catholic Church in Lewiston on July 5, 1947.

Normand and Clemence bought a house on Knapp Street in Livermore Falls, where they raised their children. Normand died May 6, 1984, and Clemence continued to live there until the year 2002, living at this residence for 50 years.

Clemence at that time moved in with her son, Maurice and his wife, Wendy in Livermore, and had recently moved to Schooner Estates in Auburn.

She was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church in Jay and also attended St. Phillips Church in Auburn. She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella and Jay-Livermore Falls Senior Citizens.

She was as active as an 88-year-old could be. She loved going to church, eating out and going to her weekly seniors meetings. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her four sons, Marcel Moreau of Vassalboro, Maurice Moreau of Livermore, Donald Moreau of Livermore and Daniel Moreau of Jay; her daughter, Georgette Ouellette of Raymond; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her seventh great-grandchild is due in July 2013; her brother, Roger Jean of Biddeford; and sisters, Rita Castonguay of Jay, Beatrice Gallant of Lewiston and Annabelle Paradis of Jay.

She was predeceased by her brother, Roland Jean; and her sister, Lucille Cusson.

Messages of condolence may be sent to: www.finleyfuneralhome.com

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, at St. Rose of Lima Church, 1 Church St., Jay. Visiting hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Finley Funeral Home, 15 Church Street, Livermore Falls. Interment in the spring at Holy Cross Cemetery, 445 Park Street, Livermore Falls. If desired, contributions may be made to Daughters of Isabella, c/o St. Rose of Lima Church, 1 Church St., Jay, ME 04239.

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