Obituaries, Week of June 14, 2018


UNITY  – Lynn Rae (Marks) French of Locust Lane, Unity, died Monday, April 16, 2018, following a brief illness. She was born June 25, 1943, in Gardiner, and was the daughter of Charles F. and Bessie (Russell) Marks.

She attended schools in Randolph and graduated from Gardiner High School. She received an associate of arts degree in liberal arts from Thomas College, in Waterville, and also attended the University of Maine, in Portland.

After college, she worked for Travelers Insurance Company as a claims representative in both Portland and Bangor.

She married her husband, Dan, in 1969, and made great memories at their home on Winnecook Lake with family and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Mary Louise Smith, of Cumberland Foreside; and brother, Charles F. Marks Jr., of Randolph.

She is survived by her husband, Alton “Dan” French, of Unity; their son, Michael and his wife, Valerie Derosier, also of Unity; stepdaughter, Audrey Bishop and husband, John, of Augusta; and stepson, Andrew French, of Nashville, Tennessee; along with several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with her request, a private family burial will be held at a later date.


BENTON – Elizabeth G. Morin, 74, of Benton, known to her friends as “Kim”, passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Maine Medical Center, in Portland. She was born April 15, 1944, in Darlington, England, to the late Rowland and Grace (Lawson) Poulton.

A military wife, well-traveled and extremely talented; a true master of many talents. Known to most by her passion for sewing, Kim also painted, knitted, and was an excellent baker.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ronald G. Morin; and her brother, Michael Poulton.

She is survived by three daughters, Tracy Zorichak and husband, Richard, Anita Fomin and husband, Dimitry, and Tina Pryor; a son, David Morin; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; her sister, Denise Beacroft and husband, Bernard; and a nephew Stephen.

Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan and Scott’s Cremation and Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan.

In lieu of flowers, please give generously in Kim’s memory to: MaineGeneral Hospice Volunteers of Kennebec Valley, P.O. Box 828, Waterville ME 04901-0828.


WASHINGTON  – Joyce Nichols Jones, 77, passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018, at Glenridge in Augusta. She was born in West Dummerston, Vermont, on September 29, 1940, to Charles Nichols and Vera (Baker) Nichols.

Joyce was a graduate of Waldoboro High School, class of 1958. She also attended one year of school at the New Brunswick Bible Institution. She drove truck, school buses and was a homemaker.

She attended the South Liberty Baptist Church.

Joyce was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Frank; and brother, James Nichols.

She is survived by sons, Frank E. Jones Jr. (Kathleen), Steven Jones (Penny), James Jones (Toni), and Daniel Jones Sr. (Elaine), all of Washington; daughters, Cynthia Peaslee, of Pittston and Carol Kilbreth (John), of Washington; sisters-in-law, Betty Baker, of Hermon and Phyllis Nichols, of Augusta; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Condolences can be shared with the family at

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joyce’s name may be made to Hall Funeral Home, P.O. Box 363, Waldoboro ME 04572, to help defray costs of services.


WINSLOW – Therese M. Fortier, 91, passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, following a long illness. Therese was born on May 5, 1927, in St. Come, Canada, the daughter of Mathias and Marie-Anne Belanger (Jacques).

Therese married Antonio Fortier on September 6, 1948, and was blessed to have 61 years together until he passed in 2009.

Therese worked at the C. F. Hathaway Shirt Factory, in Waterville, prior to raising her family. She made many new friends when she opened the area’s first clothing consignment store, “Terry’s Thrift Shop,” on College Avenue, in Waterville. She was an excellent seamstress and kept her young family in the latest fashions as well as her granddaughter’s Barbie and Ken dolls.

Therese was a very loving and caring wife and mother, always putting her family first. She was an outstanding cook, much to the delight of those who attended her Sunday dinners. She also enjoyed fishing, playing cards, gardening, and cake decorating.

She was predeceased by her husband, Antonio Fortier; her brothers Stanley and Gregoire Belanger; and her sisters Ann Guillemette and Marguerite Dorin.

She is survived by her three children, Roger Fortier, Elaine and husband Roy Stinneford, and Steven Fortier and wife Brenda; three grandchildren, Ericka and husband David Puccio, Jean-Luc and Danielle Fortier; and one great-grandson, Max Puccio; three brothers: John Belanger and wife Denise, Henry Belanger, and Gerard Belanger and wife Marlene; brothers-in-law, Norman Fortier and Joseph Douin; as well as several nieces and nephews.

An online guestbook may be signed and condolences expressed at www.ß.com.

In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in her memory to: Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area, 304 Upper Main Street, Waterville ME 04901.


BENTON – Delores T. Simpson, 86, passed away on November 11, 2017, following a two-year battle with multiple myloma. She was born in Benton Falls on October 1, 1931, the daughter of Albert and Ruth Thompson.

Delores was a lifetime member of the Fairfield VFW and American Legion. In 2004-05, she was VFW Auxiliary president of the year. Among her hobbies were playing cribbage and was very talented at knitting and crocheting.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd W. Simpson; and older sister Flotie Nordle.

She is survived by two daughters, Loretta O. Vaught and her two children Troy and Raven Rusconi, of Clinton; son William J. Simpson and wife Christina Simpson and their daughter Livia I. Simpson, of Brazil; siblings Arthur C. Thompson, of Oakland, and Lois Mary Derapps, of Fairfield; many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held on June 16, 2018, at the Fairfield VFW, Main St. It will be a potluck dinner at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Brown Cemetery, in Benton.


ELEANOR M. CLARK, 92, of North Belgrade, passed away on Friday, January 19, 2018, at her home. Locally, she is survived by sisters Shay Perryman, of Oakland, and Ida Noonan and fiancé Jeremy Clement, of Vassalboro.


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