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UMFK, alumni honor Marin with Gold Cane

FORT KENT, Maine — Marie “Maude” Marin of St. Agatha now proudly holds the University of Maine at Fort Kent Alumni Association’s Gold Cane as the oldest alumna of the teacher’s college that became UMFK.

Marin, who lives at Montfort Heights, was honored during a June celebration at the Long Lake Public Library. Family members, friends and university staff joined in the festivities.

UMFK President John Short presented her with a certificate, which states she is the oldest alumna from the Madawaska Training School, Class of 1936.” He then presented her with the cane, which holds a plate engraved with her name and year of graduation, along with a plant and a framed photo of her in the 1936 yearbook.

“Everyone in attendance this afternoon knows who Marie Maude Marin is and about her life,” Short said, “but the ones here today, who are meeting her for the first time, should know a little bit of history of her life.”

He recounted that Marin was born Jan. 16, 1917, in St. Agatha, graduating in 1934 from St. Agatha High School and in 1936 from the training school.

“She began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in her hometown, then moved to Connecticut during the war years, then returned to teach first through third grades at Memorial School in St. Agatha and to care for her aging parents,” Short said.

Marin also worked as a housekeeper for Fr. Romeo Doiron for more than 30 years.

“Maude lived most of her life in the St. John Valley, touching the hearts of all,” said Short, “known as a caregiver and a kind person, always writing notes to others in need. This kind act made people feel good about themselves. Maude has always been committed to her relatives, community, and friends.”

Sue Devoe, UMFK Alumni Association president, shared information from the 1936 yearbook. Marin belonged to the Lantern Land and Acadian, and was vice president and salutatorian of the senior class. The yearbook stated, “To grow tall is worthy in itself, but she is another proof of good things coming in small packages.  Her precise efficiency, jovial nature, democratic sense of friendship cause her to be liked by all. Her success is inevitable.”

Devoe said Marin’s family conveyed that she loves to cook, play golf, birdwatch, identify plants, listen to music, enjoy the library and loves to play cards. “And we cannot forget to add saying the rosary daily,” Devoe said.

“Maude definitely has been a role model,” she concluded. “She lives a great life and has been blessed and we are all blessed to be here to celebrate her being honored [with] this year’s UMFK Gold Cane.”

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