FORT KENT - Dolores (Ouellette) Blanchette, mom, memere, matante, died March 3, 2016, at Forest Hill Manor, with Debbie and Emery at her side after a short illness. She was born July 11, 1926 in Fort Kent, the daughter of Modeste (Roy) and Joseph O. Ouellette.
She attended St. Louis Elementary School in Fort Kent and later with her sister Laurette, attended school in St. Agatha. After graduating from Fort Kent Community High School, she worked at J.J. Newberry and at Rock's, when it was just a small trailer on Main Street. She would often tell her family about the truck drivers who would come in looking for Uncle Rock's famous red hot dogs.
Dolores and Damien were married January 12, 1948 in Fort Kent and soon left for San Diego where Damien was stationed in the US Navy. Emery and Lucien were born there. Damien was transferred to the Brunswick Naval Air Station where Lorette was born. The family returned to Fort Kent in 1963 and lived with her parents for one year, on Market Street for four years, and then moved to the Ouellet home on Station Hill.
Dolores was a member of the Order of Franciscans and the Ladies of St. Anne. She was also the first woman Eucharistic minister who was allowed to give communion in the St. Louis Parish.
After Damien's death in 2006, Dolores remained in her home with assistance from many caring providers, neighbors, and came a time in July 2014 when it was decided that Mom could no longer remain at home and a new caring and loving environment was found at Forest Hill Manor where she lived until her death. While at Forest Hill, she made new friends, enjoyed playing Bingo and making jigsaw puzzles which hung on her walls in her room.
Many family members and friends were recipients of her cake decorating skills. Stories were told of mom baking and freezing her cakes, destined for weddings in Massachusetts or Connecticut, and dad packing the trunk and back seat just right so the cakes would arrive in perfect condition!
Dolores was always knitting, crocheting or working with plastic canvas. Her grandchildren wore her many handmade hats, mittens, scarves, and sweaters. When other family members announced a new baby was on the way, Mom would start working on something new for that baby. Granddaughters, Amanda and Kristina, had the best dressed Barbies in town as well as furniture made by mom.
Whenever nieces or nephews came to visit, there were sure to be containers of whoopie pies and Scotch aroos waiting just for them.
Dolores was predeceased by her husband, Damien, and sisters Laurette, Evangeline, Martha, and brothers Val, Rock, and Ludger. She was the last surviving member of the Ouellet family.
She is survived by her daughter and son in law, Lorette and Robert Ayotte of Otisfield, children Amanda of Lewiston and Billy of Bethel; two sons and daughter in laws, Emery and Debbie Blanchette of New Sweden, children Kristina and fiance Ryan of Somerville, MA, John of Portland, and Joshua of Presque Isle; and Lucien and Gail Blanchette of Dudley, N.C. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews as well as friends and neighbors.
The family would like to thank the caregivers who allowed Mom to remain in her home those 8 years after Dad passed away. We cannot say enough about the love and care that Mom received these last two years and especially these last few months and days from Forest Hill Manor and Hospice. Thank you so much...
Friends may call at at Daigle Funeral Home, Fort Kent. A Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated 11 a.m.Thursday, March 10 at St. Louis Catholic Church, Fort Kent. Burial services will be held in the Maine Veteran's Cemetery, Caribou in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Activity Fund, Forest Hill Manor, 25 Bolduc Ave, Fort Kent, Maine 04743. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.