Joan's Story

CARMEL - Joan "Gigi" E. Bush, 76, died April 25, 2015 at home, where she wanted to be, with her family by her side. She was born in Carmel, August 11, 1938, daughter of Guy A. and Dorothy (Emery) Hawes, Sr.

She was most well known as a waitress at Ho-Jo's, where she worked for over 36 years. Her customers loved her, requesting to sit in her section year after year. Joan looked forward to going to work to visit with her customers that became just like her family and she would even bring in some of her famous homemade jam to share with them. This is where she met her "Prince," Jim. He and his "Cinderella" lived happily ever after in Carmel, until alzhiemers took away her "Prince" in 2012. After that, Drew moved in with his Gigi and helped her through her last few years.

Gigi was a die-hard Red Sox fan, staying up until the wee hours to see the game to the end. Playing Skip-Bo was one of her favorite things to do and if there was a grand tally, of wins and losses, she would surely be the winner.

She was a member of Millwee Chapter #198 OES of Orrington, and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Carmel.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by, her first husband and father of her children, Harold Stevens, Sr., her second husband, Norman Bush and her "Prince" James Umble, Sr., also two brothers, Richard and Maynard Hawes, Sr.

Surviving are, her son, Harold Stevens, Jr. and his significant other, Patty Reid of Hermon, her daughter, Shelly Bailey and her significant other, Doug Sinclair, Jr. of Hermon; three step-children, Larry Bush and his wife Lynne of Reading, MA., Lesley Burr and her husband Arnie of Hanover, MD., Timmy Umble of Hudson; four grandchildren, Angela Oliveros and her husband, Gabe of Georgia, Tabitha Johnson and her wife, Barbara of Carmel, Andrew Bailey of Carmel, Allison Bailey and her boyfriend, "Jonny-Boy," of Bangor

Three stepchildren, David Burr, Matthew Burr and Caitlin Burr, all of MD., two great granddaughters, Brooklyn Johnson, and Isabella Oliveros; her faithful four legged companion, Cody; two sisters, Joyce "Queenie" Richards of Scarborough, Janet "Twisted Sistah" Hawes and her significant other, Donnie Jordan, of Carmel; three brothers, Wayne Hawes, Sr. and his wife, Lois of Stetson, Gary Hawes of Haverhill, MA., Guy Hawes, Jr. and his wife, Naomi of Carmel; several nieces and nephews, and her special friend, Gloria Cavanaugh.

The family would like to thank the folks at Hospice of Eastern Maine for their loving care.

Relatives and friends are invited to call 5-7 p.m. Thursday April 30, 2015 at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St. Bangor, where a service in celebration of her life will be held 1 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2015. Interment will be in the Highland Cemetery, Carmel.

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Published in Bangor Daily News
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