EDDINGTON - Dawn E. (Russell) Theriault, 79, died Aug. 18, 2012. She was born Feb. 18, 1933, in LaGrange, the daughter of Everett and Evelyn (Gould) Russell.
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Our sweet nana went home today to be finally reunited with her husband, "Pa," who she has missed since his passing in 2008 and so many other loved ones who have gone ahead and are waiting for her. Dawn will be so missed here, but fought a long and frustrating fight with her health and is finally at peace and rejoicing at her "Comin' Home Party!"
Nan and Pa were married for 56 years and together raised three children: daughter, Laurie (Theriault) Smith and her husband, Irvin, of Eddington and children, Brent, Tyler and Allie, and great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Taylor and Mathew - she will be having a tea party in heaven with Erin Rae!; son, Brent P. Theriault and his wife, Sheryl, of Briston, Tenn., and children, Ben and his wife, Nicole, Heather, Kim and Katie; and daughter, Jody (Theriault) Lenfest and her husband, Chris, of Granville, Ohio, and children, Shannon, Cody and Casey. Dawn is also survived by a sister, Claudette Coffin of Eddington; several nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. The family thanks Richard and "Gertrude" Murphy for their care and comfort during these past weeks. Her life was her family and she watched over each and every one of us with never ending love - we might not have physically seen her, but we always knew she was there. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. Dawn loved being involved in what they were doing and watching them play their sports.
A memorial reception will be held 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 55 South Main St., Brewer. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Meadowbrook Cemetery, Eddington. Memorial donations may be made to help cover her many "uncovered" medical bills to Laurie Smith, 10 Erin Lane, Eddington, ME 04428. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
My Mother Kept A Garden
My Mother kept a garden.
A garden of the heart;
She planted all the good things,
That gave my life its start.
She turned me to the sunshine,
And encouraged me to dream:
Fostering and nurturing
The seeds of self-esteem.
And when the winds and rains came,
She protected me enough;
But not too much, she knew I'd need
To stand up strong and tough.
Her constant good example,
Always taught me right from wrong;
Markers for my pathway
To last my whole life long.
I am my Mother's garden,
I am her Legacy.
And I hope today she feels the love,
Reflected back from me.
Published in BDN Maine on August 20, 2012
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