- Mary M. Oakes, 86, wife of the late Rene J. Oakes, passed away Wednesday evening, February 14, 2018, at a Caribou health care facility, following a brief illness. She was born May 3, 1931, in St. Francis, the daughter of Willie and Fabianne Thibodeau.
She attended school in St. Francis and was married to Rene J. Oakes on November 11, 1947. She became a resident of Fort Fairfield in the mid-1950s, where she was a communicant of the Parish of the Precious Blood, St. Denis Catholic Church. Mary had been employed by Converse Shoe, Presque Isle; Valshing Enterprises, Easton; and Interstate Foods, Fort Fairfield. Mary loved to play the guitar and sing, and was a member of a band while residing in St. Francis.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Oakes was predeceased by her husband, Rene, on November 20, 2001; one son-in-law, Niles Jandreau; four brothers, Reginald, Addis, Eldrick and Valerick Thibodeau; and three sisters, Lorraine Watkins, Maureen Brown and Rose Davenport. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, James R. and Sandra Oakes of Fort Fairfield; three daughters and sons-in-law, Diane Jandreau of Old Orchard Beach, Brenda and Gary Fitzsimmons of Limestone, and Sandra and David Saucier of Van Buren; a special nephew whom Mary and Rene raised as their own, Lyman Thibodeau and his wife, Karen, of South Berwick; three brothers, Donald Thibodeau of Washburn, Albert Thibodeau and his wife, Shirley, of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Carl Thibodeau and his wife, Joyce, of New Hampshire; three sisters, Theresa Jandreau of Patterson, NY, Irena Greenier, and Joan Beaulieu and her husband, Richard, all of Fort Fairfield. She also leaves behind two sisters-in-law, Yvonne Thibodeau of St. Francis and Feril Thibodeau of Southington, CT; as well as eleven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Sunday, February 18, 2018, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main Street, Fort Fairfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, February 19, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Parish of the Precious Blood, St. Denis Catholic Church, 147 Main Street, Fort Fairfield with Fr. David Raymond, celebrant. A time of continued fellowship with refreshments will be held after the Mass at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Council Number 1753, 260 Main Street, Fort Fairfield. Interment will take place later in the spring at the St. Denis Catholic Cemetery, Fort Fairfield. Those who wish may contribute in memory of Mary to C-A-N-C-E-R, P.O. Box 801, Presque Isle, ME 04769. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.gibersondorseyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  February 16, 2018