Obituaries: Marie Claire Roy – Lewiston Sun Journal

Marie Claire Roy

SCARBOROUGH – Marie Claire Roy, 56, of Falmouth and formerly of Biddeford and Lewiston died peacefully on January 27, 2022, at Hospice of Southern Maine’s Gosnell Memorial House in Scarborough. with his family and friends by his side after a short, grace-filled and valiant battle with a very rare, aggressive and incurable cancer. Born on December 16, 1965, Marie was welcomed into the world as the seventh child of Eugene R. and Madeleine C. (Paré) Roy as well as by the six brothers who preceded her: Michael, Daniel, David, Francis , Dominic and Timothy. She was later joined by two younger brothers, Gregory and John and a half-sister Leah and a half-brother, Stephen Roy. Mary attended Holy Cross High School where, among other things, she was chosen to be the first “girl” altar servant in Holy Cross Parish. Marie graduated from St. Dominic’s High School, Class of 1984. While in high school, she became the babysitter of choice for many families in her South Lewiston neighborhood. She was a member of the parish youth choir, ‘The Golden Echoes’, and was also involved in a parish program working with children with special needs. This led her to volunteer with Special Olympics for several years and to maintain lasting relationships with some of her clients. She also participated in a clowning and visitation program where a group of teenagers visited and entertained patients at the hospital as well as the elderly at local nursing homes. Marie’s affinity and compassion for vulnerable people of all ages and her nurturing nature were evident from an early age. For those of us who knew her back then, it’s no surprise that she became an occupational therapist and social worker. Her love of animals was evident with every pet our family ever had and there were many over the years: cats, rabbits, ducks, especially mallards, dogs, chickens, birds, even a pig. Marie has cared for many sick pets. More recently, over several months and with great patience, she became a “cat whisperer” and gained the trust of several feral cats that frequented her backyard. Patiently, she tamed one enough that it not only became domesticated and shared Marie’s household, but “Nellie” and Marie learned to love, comfort, and trust each other in equal measure. After high school, Marie worked as a teacher’s aide at Fairview School in Auburn and spent a summer as an aide at the University of Maine Children’s Center in Orono. She continued her studies in occupational therapy at the University of New England in Biddeford and graduated in 1990 after her internships in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. After graduating, she worked at Mid-Maine Medical Center in Waterville before transferring to Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford. She worked short term in several other locations before finding her niche as a pediatric occupational therapist with the preschool program at the Morrison Developmental Center in Portland where for 11 years she loved working with children with multiple disabilities. Marie had fallen in love with the area surrounding UNE in Biddeford while attending university. So much so that shortly after graduation, she moved about half a mile from campus where she had studied and worked occasionally as a per diem assistant instructor. She especially enjoyed the accessibility to the ocean and all it had to offer… sea glass, driftwood, shells, slicked rocks, beach walks, swimming and new friends… and she enjoyed them all at maximum, as evidenced by his accumulation of all the treasures above. It was while working at the Southern Maine Medical Center that she met the man she fell in love with, Roger Binette, who also worked there. A typical courtship and relationship ensued for several years. During this time they became involved with the Maine Ballroom Dancers and became very proficient. They loved to dance together. Their dream life together fell apart, however, when Roger, whom she always described as a very dear and honest man, died suddenly of a pulmonary embolism at the age of 32. It was then that Mary’s whole life took a new direction. She moved from Biddeford to Falmouth, became a first-time landlord and decided to change careers. She pursued a master’s degree in social work at the University of New England’s Portland campus and graduated in 2008. While there, she volunteered at the Center for Grieving Children in Portland and was part of of the Waban Early Intervention Team for York and Cumberland County. Shortly after graduating, Marie joined the caretaker team at the Hospice of Southern Maine in Scarborough. She had been actively working there as a social worker for 13 years when she was diagnosed with a very rare, aggressive and incurable type of cancer which led to a sudden and unplanned early retirement three months ago. Marie had a joie de vivre in all its aspects as well as a deep love of nature and a respect for all living creatures. She had an infectious smile, laughed very easily, often resulting in a good, deep belly laugh for herself and the people she was with. Marie loved organic food and chose to support farmers markets as much as she could and was a dedicated recycler. She was caring beyond measure and always ready to lend a helping hand to family members and friends. She enjoyed playing board games with her friends and family, was an excellent cook who willingly shared her creations, was a very dedicated, loving and caring daughter and a loving, compassionate, helpful and fun sister and friend. She was the aunt with whom nieces and nephews were guaranteed to have memorable adventures. She loved swimming in the ocean, going for walks with a friend catching up with each other, or alone at the Audubon, Macworth’s Island, or just around the neighborhood. A nice bowl of popcorn, especially her brother John’s recipe, while snuggling up with her cat Nellie and watching a good movie at home were also some of her favorite things. Marie was predeceased by her grandparents, Ovila and Annette Roy and Cyrille and Aurore Pare like her father, Eugene Roy and her siblings Michael, Daniel and David Roy; her beloved, Roger; nephews, Adam Roy and Mathew Fitch as well as several aunts, uncles and several very close cousins ​​and friends. Marie is survived by her mother, Madeleine Roy; siblings: Francis/ Darlene Roy of Poland; Dominic/Juanita Roy of Mechanic Falls; Timothy Roy and companion/ Laurie Goodman of Litchfield; Gregory Roy/Marsha of Wales and John Roy/Sarah of Portland, Oregon, as well as a half-sister, Leah Hersom, and a half-brother, Stephen Roy. He is fondly remembered by his nephews Ben Roy-Davison, Christopher, Isaac, Justin, Joshua, Cody, Samuel, Jack Roy and his niece and goddaughter, Nicole Roy Ellison, as well as his nieces Louise Roy and Kacey Fitch, and his godson. she. Marlena Hattem. That she will be missed by many is an understatement, as Marie seems to have touched and enriched the lives of so many along her journey. She was an inspiration to us, her biological family, as well as her friends whom she called her “chosen” family. Even more at the end of her life as she shared openly, with insight, love and grace her short journey to death, teaching us to accept adversity, live in the moment, live fully and mindfully and exhilaration until the end. Our family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Hospice of Southern Maine, Marie’s palliative home care team: Kelly Gillian, Betsy McCarthy, Tracy Laflamme and Angela Lutzenberger and the staff at Gosnell House who cared with so diligently for Marie’s needs during the last weeks of her illness. Thanks also to Ann, Jan, Charlene and all of Marie’s friends, colleagues, former classmates and extended family members and her RC cohorts, a social change community in which Marie has participated and contributed for many years, who walked the path of cancer with his. There are too many of you to mention by name, but you know who you are. THANK YOU! Your outpouring of love for Marie was very evident because each of you in turn showered her with thoughtful gestures, food, flowers, attentions, cards, texts, encouragement, medical advice, meals for his family and guardians, companionship, spiritual guidance, prayers, comfort, love and much more during his difficult times. We are all grateful to you. We would be remiss if our family did not give special thanks to you, John, for being by Marie’s side throughout her illness, and to Sarah, your wife and children at home in Oregon from sharing you with us all this time. Your presence here and your vigilant support meant the world to Mary and to the family in more ways than we can express. It is said that at the end of our life, (our death) will be to arrive where we started and to know place for the first time. Marie, now you know the place… Until we find Marie. May your beautiful soul soar like the monarch butterflies you loved so much as you now experience the final stage of your metamorphosis. There will be a public celebration of Mary’s life in the spring, details to be announced. The condolences and a video tribute can be viewed online at http://www.albert-burpee.com. Donations may be made in Mary’s honor to Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 US Route 1 #1 Scarborough, ME 04074 or The Aphasic Center of Maine, 6027 Village on the Green #130Carrabassett, ME 04947

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