Gertrude M. Benoit, 92
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BIDDEFORD POOL -- Gertrude M. Benoit, 92, of Biddeford Pool, died unexpectedly Friday October 18, 2013 at Maine Medical Center.
She was born in Caribou, on April 15, 1921, the youngest child of Charles Edward and Mary Elizabeth (Crain) Tozier.
Mrs. Benoit was educated in Caribou schools, and graduated from Caribou High school in 1937. She later graduated from the Webber Hospital school of Nursing in Biddeford in 1944, and became a registered nurse. She was exceptionally hard-working always, and had a variety of nursing experiences, including working in Texas as a young woman, briefly in Northern Maine, and here at the Webber Hospital (Southern Maine Medical Center) for twenty-nine consecutive years.
She provided nursing leadership throughout her career, and was a founding member of Southern Maine Medical Center. She will be remembered as a respected mentor to many nurses and other health care professionals with whom she worked. She was known to have trained so many nursing personnel in skilled, compassionate nursing care.
She was the Nursing Supervisor of the Obstetrics Unit at Webber S.M.M.C. for many years, and earlier, a labor and delivery special nurse there. Her expertise included Medical Surgical and comprehensive nursing care. For many years she was House Supervisor of nurses throughout the hospital.
She enjoyed her activities with the Webber Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae, and served as Alumnae Group President and Secretary Treasurer.
Mrs. Benoit also owned and operated several local hospitality retail businesses with her husband in the 1950's 1960's and 1970's. These were in Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach.
Loving mother, grandmother, nurse and friend, her generous and good-natured spirit will always be remembered and missed. Gertrude had a zest in life, and enjoyed reading, the seashore, music, occasional travel, and crafts. She was a wonderful cook.
Gertrude was the widow of Paul E. Benoit, a local builder and businessman. They were married nearly fifty years.
She is survived by two daughters, E. Paula Benoit McNabb and her husband Dennis of Great Neck, N.Y.; and Christine M. Benoit of Biddeford Pool; two grandchildren, Katie McNabb and Michael McNabb and partner Evan Allen; and several nieces and cousins. She was also preceded in death by five sisters, Alice, Margaret, Edith, Mayme, and Carlotta and several nephews and cousins.
There are no calling hours. Services will be private. Arrangements are by Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm St., Biddeford, ME 04005. To share condolences online, please visit www.HopeMemorial.com.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Oct. 21, 2013