Lois E. Carlin

WINDHAM — Lois Elaine (Wagg) Carlin, cherished wife and beloved mother of 12, passed away on Nov. 10, 2010, after a long illness. She was surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on June 2, 1935, to Frank Owen and Mavourette (Howland) Wagg in Lewiston. She was a graduate of Edward Little High School Class of 1953 and president of her nursing Class of 1956 at Central Maine General School.

She married her husband, Harry W. Carlin Jr. on Dec. 28, 1956, and immediately left for Alfred, N.Y., where he was attending college. She continued her nursing career at St. James Mercy Hospital in Cornell, N.Y., until her first child was born on April 1, 1958.

After he husband graduated, they returned to Auburn where they started Carlin’s Farm which was later renamed Carlin's Family Farm after a move to Windham in 1969.

She was a stay at home mother working with all the family members on the farm until her youngest of 12 children was in the second grade and she returned to her nursing career as a nursing supervisor at Seaside Nursing Home in Portland from where she retired in 1997. She returned to the farm where she excelled at tying trellis tomatoes.
She enjoyed family events, swim group, day trips, especially with her sister, Barbara, picnics at the ocean, attending her children's and grandchildren's sporting events and every night playing Jeopardy with her husband and family members. She was a communicant of St. Hyacinth’s Church. She will be remembered for her kind heart, quick wit and great patience.

She was predeceased by her parents; her brothers, Robert and Gerald Wagg.

Survivors include her husband of almost 54 years; her sister, Barbara Pelkey of Topsham; four sons, Peter Carlin of Windham, John Carlin of Danvers, Mass., Joseph Carlin of Windham and Stephen Carlin of West Boylston, Mass.; eight daughters, Catherine Gosselin of Raymond, Julie Colbert of Fort Edward, N.Y., Anne Blake of Windham, Maureen Palladino of North Andover, Mass., Mary Ekholm of South Portland, Theresa Labrecque of Gorham, Barbara LaVallee of Gray and Paula Pock of Windham; 31 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Visiting hours were held on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at the Dolby Funeral Chapel, 434 River Road, Windham. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at St. Anthony’s Church, 295 Brown Street, Westbrook. Burial will be held later in St. Hyacinth’s Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made to www.dolbyfuneralchapels.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either: Dr. Gard W. Twaddle, Nurses Endowment Fund, CMMC Development Office, 300 Main Street, Lewiston, ME 04240 or Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074.

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