Fort Kent -
Linda Anne Bouchard Pelletier died unexpectedly of a cardiac arrest on July 13, 2016, at her home in Fort Kent, Maine. She was 66 years old. Linda was born November 19, 1949, in Fort Kent, the youngest child of Louis Bouchard and Genevieve Jalbert Bouchard.
She grew up on the family farm making many fond memories of farm life in the Saint John Valley. She graduated from Fort Kent Community High School in 1967, where she earned the nickname Candy. The next year she left Fort Kent for the University of Maine at Orono, where she studied social work. In August 1969 she married Carl Pelletier, also of Fort Kent, and they settled in the Bangor area. They later separated but remained best of friends throughout their lives. Linda worked in retail, eventually managing bookstores and gift stores until 2003, when she decided to return to Fort Kent.
This return to her hometown made her immeasurably happy, once again living near her mother, brother, nieces, nephews and dear friends. She became active in her community, volunteering at the Food Pantry and Good Shepherd Shop. She also worked part time in Fort Kent, first at Millers Department Store, and most recently staffing the front desk at the Northern Door Inn. She loved her work crew, who became like family to her, and she particularly enjoyed meeting all of the interesting people who travelled from far and wide to Fort Kent, as tourists, medical professionals, recreationists, and University of Maine at Fort Kent parents and students. She never tired of talking with them and hearing their stories.
Linda was an avid reader, a cat lover, a consummate card shark, and a lover of peace and quiet. She could zip through the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle with the greatest of ease. She enjoyed finding new books to devour at the library, going to lunch with her dearest friends, and spending long afternoons playing cards. She had a sharp intellect, and a sharp and witty tongue to go with it. She was loyal and true, and her circle included people she had known from elementary school as well as brand new friends, and everyone in between. Her sudden departure leaves a hole in all our hearts. She will be missed immensely.
She was predeceased by her father, Louis; her mother, Genevieve; her brother, Jack; and her sister-in-law, Betty Bouchard. She is survived by her daughter, Kristy and son-in-law, Chris Servheen, and grandsons, Jackson and Calvin, of Missoula, Montana; her husband and friend, Carl Pelletier; brother, Charles Bouchard and his family; sister-in-law, Joella Paradis and her family; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and extended family, all of whom she had great affection for. She is also survived by her closest and most special friends, Dot and Dave Hartt, and Lou Toschi (and the Hartt clan) who became like family of her own. We would like to extend our thanks to all of the friends, neighbors, and acquaintances of Linda who have kept us in your hearts and prayers at this time.
Cremation has taken place. A reception will take place August 23, 2016, at Daigle & Nadeau Funeral Home, starting at 9:30 a.m. A funeral Mass will be held immediately after at St. Louis Parish Church in Fort Kent at 11 a.m. Burial will occur following the Mass at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Fort Kent. Please join us to remember and honor Linda. In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to donate to the PAWS Animal Welfare Society of Fort Kent, the Fort Kent Public Library or to the Humane Society of your choice.