Rita Dubois (1928—2017)
FORT KENT, Maine — Rita Dubois died July 2nd, 2017 in South Portland, Maine, at the age of 89. She was born in Val-Racine, Quebec, to Alfred and Lumina (Jacques) Grenier on January 13, 1928.
Being a good mother and wife was extremely important to Rita. She tried to raise her children to have good Christian values. Being kind and respectful of others was of utmost importance. Her children and grandchildren were the light of her life. She loved to be part of big family gatherings and events surrounded by her children, nieces, nephews, siblings, and in-laws. As the years went by, grandchildren and great-grandchildren made the holidays even more special. She taught us to love. We never walked away from Mom without a hug and a kiss. As family moved to different parts of the country, telephone and Facetime conversations always ended with a series of blowing kisses back and forth across the airwaves.
Rita was accomplished with sewing and crocheting. All of her children and grandchildren own and treasure her many creations, all of which were made with love.
Though she was not one to use the name of God in vain, she could tell a good joke like no other. We’ll all remember the sparkle in her eyes when she was ready to tell a funny story. Her laugh was loud and joyous. Her favorite cussword was, “Maudit!”and her children were somewhat dismayed when the grandchildren started using the expletive as well!
She was a devout Catholic and delighted in teaching religious education to countless children in Fort Kent. Many will remember her generosity and kindness for people in need. She and her friend Jacqueline Lozier collected clothing to distribute to needy families in the Fort Kent and Clair, NB area – years before thrift shops existed.
Rita was a creative entrepreneur who had several businesses throughout the years – a yarn shop, a crucifix business, and an upholstery shop to name a few. She was a great cook who excelled at making sweets. Family came to know that the meal was just something to get out of the way so we could get to the “real” food – dessert. We called her the “Dessert Queen.” Her favorite dessert was Tart au Sucre, and almost everyone who visited her home through the years had the opportunity to sample this wonderful French-Canadian delicacy.
In 2015, the Maine Health Care Association presented Rita with the “Remember Me” Award at a special ceremony in Augusta. She was honored for her contributions as a businesswoman and for her many charitable acts in Fort Kent.
Rita was married to the love of her life, Reynold Dubois, a barber in Fort Kent. They were married for 59 wonderful years, before his death in 2013. She is survived by her four children: Lisa Colburn and her husband, Steven Colburn of Orono; Reynold Dubois, Jr. and his wife Annmarie of Bangor; Nina Dubois of Scarborough; and Marie Dubois and her husband, Alan Kuniholm of Portland. Eleven grandchildren: Erik Myers and his wife, Sarah Ficke of Durham, NC, Angela Brewer and her husband, John Brewer of Topsham, ME; Serena Dubois and her boyfriend, Jerome Kirkland of Atlanta, GA; Alissa Lalime and her husband Tyler Lalime of Washington, DC; Shannon Dubois of Bangor, ME, and Aimee Dubois of Orlando, FL; Uriah Theriault of Brooklyn, NY; Romeo Theriault of Honolulu, Hawaii; Myra Theriault of Portland, OR; Ryan Orton of Fort Dix, NJ, and Nina Hall and her husband Alan Hall of Lewiston, ME. Four great-grandchildren: Gabriel Theriault of Honolulu, Hawaii; Lillian and Penelope Brewer of Topsham, ME; and Rita Hall from Lewiston, ME. She is also survived by her brother Ross Grenier and his wife Norma of Woodland, ME, sister, Lise Nadeau of Eddington, ME; brother, Claude Grenier of Mesa, AZ; Louise Mathieu of China, ME; Laurianne Lessard and her husband Frank of West Wareham, MA; sister-in-law Jeannette Michaud of Fort Kent, ME, and brother-in-law, Richard Dubois and his wife Rinette of Fort Kent, ME.
Rita was predeceased by her parents, Alfred and Lumina Grenier; sisters, Lucille White, Aline Cyr, and Clemence Feihel, and her brothers, Roland and Ronald Grenier, and her father and mother-in-law, Joseph and Emily Dubois.
Many thanks to the staff at South Portland Nursing Home who grew to love Mom “to the bone.” They gave her their all – everyone trying their best and every one of them heartbroken at losing her, too. Thank you to Hospice of Southern Maine for their support during this difficult time.
Friends and family were invited to visit at Daigle Funeral Home, Main Street, Fort Kent, on Thursday, July 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, July 7, from 9:00 until 10:00 a.m., followed by a funeral service at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Fort Kent at 11:00 a.m. Following graveside services, a luncheon was held at the K of C Hall.