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In 1943 she married Vernon Gilleland, and in 1952 the family moved to Brewer. She worked for many years as a secretary for the Brewer schools and was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Brewer. In 2005 she moved to Pownal, where she volunteered at the elementary school library. She enjoyed knitting, needlework, crafts, cooking, travel, and watching the Red Sox.
She is survived by children, Carol Goodale and Dean of Pownal, Michael Gilleland and Elisabeth Parrish of Conyers, Ga., Mark Gilleland and Lisa Bowden of Barnet, Vt., and Paula Gray of Lewiston; brothers, George Paiement of Bedford, N.H., and Robert Paiement of Penfield, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; nieces and nephews; and many friends. Special thanks to Beacon Hospice, especially Andrea and Sonje.
A Memorial Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at St. John the Baptist Church, 39 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Private burial will be at Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Augusta. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Catholic School, 37 Pleasant St., Brunswick, ME 04011; Brewer Public Library, 100 South Main St., Brewer, ME 04412; or Bangor City Band, care of Bangor Parks & Rec., 647 Main St., Bangor, ME 04401. To share your thoughts and condolences with the family, please visit www.desmondfuneralhomes.com.
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