STOCKTON SPRINGS - Marie Therese (Chataignat) Dow, 84, died at home Wednesday, March 5, 2014, she was born July 27, 1929, in Argenton-sur-Creuse, France, and grew up in Orléans, France.
Together with her father, mother and brother (all deceased), she lived through World War II and the Nazi occupation of France; her father and brother were forced to labor in Nazi work camps. As a young woman, she was a dancer and was named Miss Orléans. Shortly after the war, she met her former husband, Ramon Dow of Stockton Springs, (deceased), who served in France as part of the Army of Occupation. They married and lived in Stockton Springs, where she remained until her death. After their divorce, Marie worked for a number of years teaching French to elementary and middle-school students in Searsport, Stockton Springs, and Frankfort. Later, she worked for the Maine Department of Human Services, where she eventually became a regional manager. After her retirement she continued to assist disadvantaged persons as a court-appointed advocate. Marie was an active parishioner at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Bucksport and was involved in Catholic retreat and renewal ministries in Maine and Massachusetts. Marie was an active member of the Music Ministry and the Women's Group until her health declined. She was also a lay Carmelite and well be greatly missed by her Carmelite brothers and sisters.
She will sadly be missed by special friends, Mary Fleming, Cleveland and Charlene Kennedy. As Marie was unable to attend Mass, Charlene brought Holy Communion to her at home. She is survived by her four sons, Alan of San Diego, Patrick of Stockton Springs, Jon of Orland, and Michael of Houston; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Marie was predeceased by an infant grandson, Dustin; and Earl and Elsie Dow, her parents by marriage. The last two years of Marie's life were made easier and happier by the care and love of Patrick's partner, Tammy.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, Franklin St., Bucksport, with Father Bruce Siket celebrant. A reception will follow the Mass in the church hall. Arrangements are under the direction of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Bucksport. www.mitchelltweedie-young.com.