Childhood neighbors, both 105 years old, reunite for visit in Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — When Maria (Deschaine) Beaulieu of Florida recently returned to the Fort Kent area for a family vacation, she stopped in to visit her friend and childhood neighbor, Eva (Caron) Deschaine to reminisce about old times — some very old times. 

What makes this reunion truly remarkable is that both women are 105 years old.

Both were born in 1916 at Little Black Lake, outside of Fort Kent, where they lived next door to each other throughout their childhoods. The friends are separated in age by two months, with Beaulieu being the older of the friends. 

Beaulieu lives in Florida with her son, Archie Beaulieu, and his wife Rita, and is spending several weeks in the St. John Valley. Deschaine, Fort Kent’s oldest citizen, lives at Crosswinds Residential Care, where the two friends visited. 

Deschaine’s daughter and son-in-law, Anna and Don Raymond, joined in on the visit at the care facility. 

“When we got there, both women were sitting next to each other and reminiscing about their childhoods and their families,” Don Raymond said. “I could hardly believe my eyes. In front of me were two 105-year-old women having a conversation like you and I would have.”

Along with their exemplary good health and longevity, the women have other things in common.

They each married men with the same first name and were mothers to large families of children. Beaulieu married Emile Beaulieu and had 11 children. Deschaine married Emile Deschaine and had 10 children.

If a photo Donald Raymond captured of the visit is any indication, a century of time has scarcely elapsed for these two friends who clearly enjoyed catching up on many memories.

Get the Rest of the Story

Thank you for reading your 4 free articles this month. To continue reading, and support local, rural journalism, please subscribe.