Maria Lavoie Tardif 1915 - 2013


Maria Lavoie Tardif, 97, passed away peacefully on Monday, 19 August 2013 at the Freeport Rehabilitation & Nursing Center with her loving family by her side.  She was born in Auburn in October 1915, the daughter of Louis and Marie Laure (nee Tremblay) Poirier.  She was educated at local schools and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1934 and went to work for a local dentist, Dr Paul Smith.  Maria married E. Armand Lavoie in 1939 and raised two sons and a daughter on Franklin Street in Lewiston.  Following her husband’s untimely death in 1964, she worked as a teller at a local bank.  She also did volunteer work for many years at Russell Park Rehabilitation and Living Center.  Maria was a wonderful mother to her children and was a stay-at-home Mom until most of her children’s education was completed.  While at home, she did the bookkeeping for her husband’s carpentry business.  Maria and Armand (and children) always looked forward to the annual trips to Quebec City to visit her sister.  She will always be remembered as a quick-witted and fun person to be with.    In 1976, Maria married Dominique Tardif.  Maria and “Dom” did much traveling in association with Rotary Club International both domestic and abroad.  Dom and Maria always looked forward to the summers at their camp in West Bath.  She also enjoyed playing cards and games on a regular basis with groups of friends and relatives.  She moved from her Franklin Street home in 2007 to an assisted living facility, Sunnybrook Village, in Brunswick before moving to the Freeport Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in 2010.  Maria is survived by her two sons and their spouses, Paul and Linda Lavoie of West Bath, Normand and Connie Lavoie of Bartlesville, OK, and daughter Estelle Lavoie of Portland.  She is also survived by two grandchildren, Aimee Henderson (mother of Maria’s two great grandchildren) of Broken Arrow, OK and Craig Lavoie of San Francisco, CA.  In addition to her husband Dominique (d. 2003), she was predeceased by her four sisters:  Adrienne Guilbault of Quebec City, Irma Plante of Waterville and Annette Cote and Alice Jean, both of Lewiston.  The family wishes to thank the staff at the Freeport Rehabilitation & Nursing Center for their loving care.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to your favorite charity.

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TARDIF, Maria, 97, of Auburn passed away in Freeport on Monday, August 19, 2013. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Friday 2 - 4 PM and 7 - 9 PM. Services will be held Saturday, 1 PM, in the lower church of SS Peter and Paul Basilica. Internment, St. Peter’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to a charity of your choice. 

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