Brenda's Story

BANGOR - Brenda Lee (Beaulieu) Lyons died May 29, 2016, after an extended illness at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born November 16, 1942, in Millinocket, daughter of Arnold H. and Este L. (Pasanen) Beaulieu.

Brenda worked various jobs including CNA at an Assisted Living Home, Hallmark and a number of other places where she was blessed to make lifelong friendships. She volunteered at the Attic and was a member of the Red Hat Society. Brenda was gifted and enjoyed many hobbies, including ceramics, sewing, needlepoint, painting and was a master at knitting, making several pieces for each member of her family and beyond. Brenda always gave the biggest hugs and greeted everyone with a beautiful smile. She was a loving and supportive mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be fondly remembered for the endless love she had for her family. Her faith and belief in God were practiced in her daily living. With strength and courage she conquered each challenge she faced, especially with the passing of her daughter, Jill, and the renewed faith she found afterwards.

Surviving are her children, Christopher W. Lee, Jeffrey T. MacDonald and his wife, Theresa, Aaron S. MacDonald and his wife, Mary-Ellen, Robert J. MacDonald Jr. and his wife, Meghan, and Michaela E. DiGianvittorio and her husband, Michael; son-in-law, Alan Purton; grandchildren, Carissa P. Geisser, Jessica L. Purton, Ashley M. Lee, Hannah M. MacDonald, Kirsten H. MacDonald, Alec S. MacDonald, Aiden R. MacDonald, Sullivan MacDonald, Seamus F. MacDonald and Colin M. DiGianvittorio; great-grandchildren, Macey E. Eubank, Emma L. Eubank, Brody M. Eubank and Cash K. Lee; brothers and sisters, Arnold H. Beaulieu Jr. and his wife, Cecile, Bette G. McLeod and her husband, Carl, Paula J. Jacobs and her husband, Dean, Nancy M. Beaulieu, and Teresa A. Emerson and her husband, Rob; many special nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Brenda was predeceased by her daughter, Jill E. Purton.

Relatives and friends are welcome to call 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2016, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor. A Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2016, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. John's Catholic Church, 207 York Street, Bangor, followed by the Rite of Committal at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor. The family invites all to share conversation and refreshments at Brenda's home following the services Saturday. Those who wish to remember Brenda in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the Lafayette Family Cancer Center, care of EMHS Foundation, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931 or to the Kidney Transplant Foundation, care of Massachusetts General Hospital, Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. Condolences to the family may be expressed at
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