St. Agatha woman is 100 years young

ST. AGATHA, Maine — Maude Marin of St. Agatha marked a milestone birthday on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, when she turned 100 years old. To help her celebrate, citizens and town officials turned out on Sunday, Jan. 15, to honor her with a special birthday party.

The St. Agatha Town Council and Town Manager Gary Picard presented her with a proclamation declaring her birthday Maude Marin Day.

The proclamation reads, in part: “Whereas, Maude (Marie) Marin actively participated in community, church and family events throughout her life; and Whereas, Maude (Marie) Marin is Ste. Agathe’s oldest resident and will be celebrating her 100th birthday on January 16, 2017; and Whereas, the Town Council of the Town of Ste. Agathe recognizes the significance of a citizen of Ste. Agathe celebrating their 100th birthday, now therefore be it proclaimed by the Town Council of the Town of Ste. Agatha that January 16, 2017, be known as Maude Marin Day.”

Marin was born Jan. 16, 1917, to Jos and Denise Dube Marin in St. Agatha, the council stated in the proclamation. She graduated from high school in 1934 and from the Fort Kent Normal School in 1936. She served as housekeeper and cook for Rev. Romeo Doiron for 34 years, from 1956 to 1990, taught school and cared for her elderly parents.

According to a tribute written by Paul Marin, she had one brother, Fred, and five sisters: Irene, Albertine, Laurette, Simone and Leonie.

“Upon meeting Maude Marin you know you have come face to face with kindness,” Paul Marin wrote. “She lived her life so others could benefit and bask in her gracious and selfless giving spirit. … Maude has willingly placed her needs second to everyone else. That must be why she today stands first in the hearts and minds of people who know her.”

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