Simonne Marguerite (Paquet) Perron, 89
BIDDEFORD -- Simonne Marguerite (Paquet) Perron, 89, passed away peacefully on Dec. 5, 2012, at the Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough.
She was born on April 8, 1923, in St. Honore, Quartier Beauce, Province of Quebec, Canada, to Albert J. and Oberline (Begin) Paquet.
Simonne was the oldest daughter in a family of 13 children. The Paquet family left Canada and moved to the United States when she was 10 years of age.
On June 17, 1947, at the age of 24, Simonne married Raoul 'Ralph' Perron at St. Andre's Church in Biddeford. They shared 56 years of love and devotion. Ralph passed away on June 10, 2003.
During her life, Simonne was a compassionate caregiver. She devoted her life to raising and nurturing her family. She lived her life selflessly. She was a tender, loving mother, a devoted sister and an adoring grandmother.
As the eldest daughter in family with 12 other children, she accepted the role of 'second' mother to her brothers and sisters. Doing so, she became an excellent cook and soup-maker, a talented seamstress and a tireless caregiver. She was very proud of her children. She gave them strength, character and enduring values.
Simonne grew up loving crafts. In her youth her hobbies included coloring black and white tintype photographs, making dresses for her sisters and clothes for her brothers. She enjoyed gardening and filled her home with plants and flowers. She loved to entertain and treasured the many family gatherings both at home and at the family's summer camp at Sokokis Lake in Limerick.
After she married, Simonne and Ralph had three children. Ever energetic, while raising a family she also worked at a local textile mill. At the age of 33 she suffered the first of three debilitating strokes, paralyzing the right side of her body and leaving her unable to walk, to speak or to use her right hand. Always strong- willed and courageous, through prayer and determination, she eventually regained the ability to walk. Although severely hampered with the disabilities, she persevered in her fight to regain her ability to walk and although she never regained the use of her arm or hand, she eventually managed to continue the care of our family. She astonished everyone with her amazing resourcefulness and optimism.
Although Simonne suffered many physical afflictions and hardships throughout her life, she rarely complained and was always warm, cheerful and kind to everyone.
She loved her family above all and helped everyone who sought her comfort and support.
Words alone cannot adequately describe the sense of wonder and spirituality of being in her presence. She welcomed everyone into her home and gave her love without measure. In return, she was loved and admired by all. She was also generous above reason and caring beyond understanding. She was the heart of our family.
A communicant of St. Joseph's Church, Simonne has always been a woman of faith and virtue. For many years she walked to church every morning (braving the cold, snow and ice) to attend Mass. She was devoted to the Holy Rosary and looked forward to celebrating the Mass every day. She led an exemplary Christian life. She never wavered in her faith or her devotion to St. Joseph and to the Blessed Mary.
The Perron family would especially like to thank Helen, our mom's sister for her many years of devoted care and to the caregivers she was blessed with over the past three years. They enriched her life and brought compassionate care and comfort when it was most needed. Our family will never forget the love, kindness, laughter and devotion they gave so generously.
Simonne was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Ralph Perron; her brother, Rosaire Paquet, and her sister, Jeanette Courtois. She is survived by her children, Donald Perron of Biddeford, Denis (and Margaret) Perron of Littleton, Colo., (Thomas and) Diane Caddigan of Saco; her brothers, Raoul (and Therese) Paquet of Saco, Father Fernand Paquet, MM of Maryknoll, N.Y., Father Hubert Paquet of Biddeford, Jean Paquet of Biddeford, Urbain (and Huguette) Paquet of Biddeford, Gerard (and Rose) Paquet of Biddeford, and Roger Paquet of Biddeford, her sisters, Helen Berube of Biddeford, (Richard and) Margaret Poirier of Biddeford and (Normand and) Therese Gagnon of Biddeford; her grandchildren, Thomas Caddigan Jr. of Boston, Mass., Katie Perron of Nice, France, Kimberly Perron of Littleton, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at Hope Memorial Chapel in Biddeford. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at St. Joseph's Church in Biddeford. Burial will be at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Biddeford. Arrangements are by Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm St., Biddeford. To share condolences online, please visit www.HopeMemorial.com