Gloira Champine

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Gloria M. Champine
1923 - 2018

FAIRFIELD - Gloria M. Champine, 94, of Fairfield, passed away peacefully on Sept. 9, 2018. She was born on Dec. 3, 1923, to the late Ella (Grondin) and Charles B. Michaud of Waterville.

Gloria was a native of Waterville for 22 years. She attended grammar school at Saint Francis de Sales and graduated from Waterville High School in 1941.

Gloria enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve), known as the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES), during World War II. She attended boot training camp at Fordham University in New York, and then went on to Washington, D.C. for an assignment at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery for the duration of the war. She is a World War II veteran.

She married Raymond A. Champine in November of 1944. They had one devoted son, Raymond G. Champine, and his lovely wife, Susan Leslie Champine, along with two loving granddaughters, Dr. Robey Champine and Sara Champine of Old Lyme, Conn.

Gloria worked for 36 years at the C. F. Hathaway Company in Waterville as a clothing inspector and retired in 1986. During her retirement, she enjoyed knitting, making various crafts for local fairs, and was a member of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association chapter in Waterville. In addition, she was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Fairfield for 59 years, a member of the WAVES unit 41, charter member of white caps, and attended the dedication of the WAVES Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 1997. Gloria also enjoyed being a longtime member of the Champions Fitness Club in Waterville and laughing and spending time with her friends there. Gloria was a communicant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Fairfield for 63 years and enjoyed the wonderful friends she made there.

Gloria was predeceased by her loving husband of 48 years, Raymond A. Champine; two brothers, Ronaldo Michaud and Vallier Michaud, her wonderful sister Jacqueline Michaud, her special sister-in-law Yvette Michaud; and her beautiful daughter-in-law, Susan. In addition to her son and granddaughters, she is survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and neighbors, including Robie Kreger, Verna Bard, Claudette Ames, Rovall Michaud, Maxine Hill, Sandra and Nathan Martin, Suzanne Bilodeau, Gloria DiSalvatore, and Tristan Lawe, who stayed with her during the ice storm of 1998 and lit up her life during some difficult times.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at Notre Dame Church, 112 Silver St., Waterville. Following the mass, there will be a reception at Notre Dame Church. Burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17 at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Civic Center Drive, Augusta.

An online guestbook may be signed and used to share memories at Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral and Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the food pantry of your choice or to the Humane Society of Waterville in her memory

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Fairfield, ME 04937-1528
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Published in Central Maine on Sept. 11, 2018
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