Muriel Ouellette, 92 years young, died July 29, 2016, at a Bangor hospital, as a result of an accidental fall at her home. She was born in St. Leonard, N.B., Canada, on Jan. 3, 1924, the daughter of Alfred and Elizabeth (Rioux) Durepos.
Widowed at a young age, her mother remarried to Edward Langlais, a widower with a family of his own, and together they raised their children and added several more to their blended family. Muriel, being one of the oldest, had to quit formal schooling to help raise her younger siblings. Though not formally educated, and her first language being French, she taught herself to read and write fluently in both French and English. In her late teens, she left St. Leonard and worked as a nanny in Van Buren, where she later met Edgar Ouellette of Cyr Plantation. They were married on Nov. 26, 1949, at St. Bruno Catholic Church in Van Buren. Edgar and Muriel lived on the family farm in Cyr Plantation for a number of years before moving to Van Buren, and then to their own farm in upper Keegan. Together, they worked the family farm while raising 10 children.
Muriel is survived by eight children, Patricia Turgeon and husband, Richard, of Venice, FL, Sylvia Cyr and husband, Russell, of Millinocket, Jim Ouellette and wife, Nancy, of Van Buren, Philip Ouellette of Marysville, CA, Bob Ouellette and wife, Gloria, of Richmond, Susan Doucette and husband, Ralph, of Hampden, Lisa Nappi and husband, Philip, of Henderson, NV, and Mark Ouellette and his partner, Carol Graves, of Old Orchard Beach; two brothers, Germain Langlais of Naugatuck, CT, and Arsene "Joe" Langlais and his wife, Dolores, of Hartford, CT; 21 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Edgar, in 2002; and her dear children, Richard Ouellette in 1981, and Joyce Ouellette,in 1972.
Relatives and friends may call at the St. Bruno-St. Remi Catholic Church in Van Buren from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday and 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday with Father Jim Plourde, pastor, celebrant. Committal service and interment will follow in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute in her memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter, 101A First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451. Arrangements have been entrusted to Lajoie Funeral Home. For online condolences, please visit www.lajoiefuneralhome.com.