It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend, Therese M. (Martin) Gilblair (86). She was born in Saco on March 5, 1932 to Willie and Alda (Garneau) Martin. She passed away unexpectedly Monday, December 24th, but peacefully at home with her loving family.
Theresa graduated from Thornton Academy in 1952. She then worked as a cutter in the shoe shops. On March 3rd, 1962 she married the love of her life, Stephen M. Gilblair, at Notre Dame De Lourdes Church in Saco and they were married for 51 years before Stephen’s passing.
Theresa has volunteered with numerous organizations to benefit her church and community over the years. She has been an Eucharistic Minister for the last 25 years and enjoyed giving communion to the sick at the hospital on Sundays. She also volunteered at the hospital gift shop for the last 4 years. She was an avid bowler and even won “the longest active bowler” award from the Sanford Bowl-A-Rama last year.
She loved to sew and crochet. She loved to paint Manger scenes for Christmas to give out to those in the hospital that could use some Christmas cheer. She enjoyed traveling and camping with her family. She was very generous to all those in need.
She was predeceased by her husband, Stephen Gilblair, brother Nelson Martin and sister, Dorothy Gilblair.
She is survived by her brother Raymond Martin of Hilton Head, SC. Her daughter Cathy Dube of N. Waterboro, ME. Her daughter Dianne Hall of Rochester, NH. Her daughter Susan and husband Alan Leverone of Londonderry, NH. Her grandchildren Kimberly Page, Paul Dube, Kayleigh Lude, Annmarie Hall, Nicole Hall, Stefanie Medrek, Kristin Paquette, Craig Leverone. Her great-grandchildren Arianna, Dawson, Wesley and Rory.
Visiting Hours will be 4:00-6:00 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm Street, Biddeford, ME 04005. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Matthews Church, 19 Dora Lane, Limerick, ME 04048. Burial will follow at Saint Joseph’s Cemetery in Biddeford, ME. To share condolences online, please visit www.HopeMemorial.com