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FORT FAIRFIELD - Edith Ida Michaud O'Clair, age 92, resident of the Presque Isle Nursing Home, died February 22, 2015, at the home, following an extended illness. Edith was born Sept. 17, 1922, in Limestone, the daughter of Thomas and Agnes (Lavoie) Michaud.

She was one of 12 children of Thomas and Agnes and grew up in Sheridan. She was married to Leo O'Clair on December 4, 1939, and they had 6 children. After marriage they lived in Ashland, but most of their married life lived in Fort Fairfield. On October 3, 1966, Edith picked 150 barrels of potatoes on the Frank McGrath farm. She picked a lot of potatoes in her life time but also cut seed potatoes for different farmers. She not only had a strong back but was a strong person. She helped support her family by doing housekeeping for different families in Fort Fairfield. She was a breast cancer survivor at the age of 48. She enjoyed many years of snowmobiling throughout Northern Maine as well as traveling to see her children in Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Alaska, Pennsylvania and British Columbia.

She is survived by her daughters, Florence Cyr and her husband, Edmond, of Bangor, Annette Foster and her companion, Palmer Hyman, of Pelzer, SC, Kathleen Larme and her husband, Peter, of Marion Center, PA, Betty Gibson and her husband, Joe, of Penticton, British Columbia, and Judy Gardner and her husband, Glenn, of Ellenton, FL; one sister ,Theresa Carney of Ashland; 17 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father ,Thomas Michaud, in 1975; mother, Agnes Michaud, in 1968; her husband, Leo O'Clair, in 1962; son, Larry O'Clair, in 1986; sisters, Eva King, in 2002, Ella Boulier, in 2004, Clara Snow, in 2011, Delina DeVoe, in 1985, Bertha York, in 1999, Rose Archer, in 2001, Blanche Campbell, in 2005, Dorothy Knox, in 2005, and Cecile Ouellette, in 2011; and brother, O'Neil Michaud, in 2012.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main Street, Fort Fairfield, at a later date. Interment will follow at the St. Denis Catholic Cemetery, Fort Fairfield. Those who wish may contribute in memory of Mrs. O'Clair to the St. Denis Memorial Fund, Parish of the Precious Blood, P.O. Box 625, Caribou, ME 04736. Online condolences maybe expressed at www.gibersondorseyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  February 26, 2015
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