Noella Marie MercierB1922 – 2022BLEWISTON – Noella Marie Mercier, 99, of Livermore passed away peacefully Friday, October 14, 2022 at the Marshwood Center in Lewiston. She was born on December 23, 1922 in Chisholm, daughter of Josephine Lahaie and Chester L. Judd. She attended Livermore Public Schools and Livermore Falls High School.
On November 30, 1940, she married Wilfred Mercier at St. Rose of Lima in Jay. Noella lived a long and active life as a wife, mother, grandmother and musician. She loved cooking and baking, music and dancing, camping and travelling. She worked alongside her husband to establish and manage Mercier Construction, which they operated for 24 years. She was a communicant at St. Rose de Lima Church in Jay, where she served as Eucharistic minister and catechism teacher. She also worked as a volunteer teacher’s aide at Henry L. Cottrell School in Monmouth, where she was affectionately known as “Grammy.”
Noella came from a large family who loved music. All of them knew how to sing and/or play a musical instrument (mostly self-taught) and often liked to make music together. Noella played the piano and later in life, with her husband Wilfred and some musician friends, she formed a small band. They called themselves “The Jolly Four” and shared their upbeat music in barns, for the elderly and in nursing homes. They could play just about anything, from waltzes to polkas, to jigs and reels, and country-western, all for free. Noella said, “We just do it for fun, that’s why we’re the Jolly Four.”
Noella was a multi-talented woman, but where she shone brightest was in the kitchen. She loved to cook for her family and friends. She was a longtime member of the New Norlands Grange, where she served as “The Biscuit Lady” for many years at barn suppers and social gatherings. Her family will fondly remember her delicious pies, a baker’s cream chocolate cake that only she could pull off, and her grandchildren will especially remember a bowl of delicious ‘Memere soup’.
She is survived by her three daughters, Linda Baillargeon (husband Clement) of Vassalboro, Claudia Marlatt of Lewiston and Sharon Folker (husband Frank) of Lewiston, her stepdaughter Anita Mercier of Wells; and nine grandchildren, Mark Lewis of Saco, Anne Lewis of Reading, Mass., Marcel Gagnon of Winterport, Gabrielle Wheeler of Lewiston, Wil Mercier of Eddington, Andre Mercier of Kennebunk, Davis Mercier of Gray, James Folker of Auburn , Elizabeth Audet of Greene; 12 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren; two step-granddaughters Melanie Baillargeon of Augusta, Monique Lemieux of Mt. Vernon; and four step-great-grandsons; two sisters Joan Lauzier of Livermore and Theresa Bilodeau of Livermore Falls; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved husband in 2005; his beloved son Duane in 2019; and nine siblings. Messages of condolence can be sent to: http://www.finleyfuneralhome.com
A Christian Burial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Thursday, October 20, 2022, at St. Rose of Lima Church, 1 Church Street, Jay, Maine. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at the FINLEY FUNERAL HOME, 15 Church Street, Livermore Falls, Maine. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, 445 Park Street, Livermore Falls, Maine.
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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
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