Pauline R. Fournier

Life Story

Pauline Fournier, 87, passed away peacefully at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in the early morning hours of October 19, 2018. She was born in Lewiston, Maine on February 4, 1931, the daughter of the late Alphonse and Cecile (Janelle) Morin. She remained as a lifelong resident of Lewiston where she made significant contributions to her community. She married her husband, Everett Fournier, on May 17, 1952 upon his return from the Korean War. She devoted the next 17 years as a stay at home mother sharing much of her time as a volunteer with the parent groups of her sons’ schools. At the same time, she became very active with the St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary (Patronesses) where she was not only the chair of many committees, but also serving as president from 1963-1964. Pauline has always credited her work and acquaintances with the Patronesses for opening up the doors to her professional career. In May of 1969, she was hired as the first paid Director of Volunteer Services at St. Mary’s Hospital responsible for the formal organization of a new hospital department. During her 27 year career, she was a charter member of the Maine Society of Directors of Hospital Volunteer Services (MSDHVS) serving on the board and president from 1987-1991. Also active in the New England Association of Directors of Hospital Volunteer Services, president’s council of the Maine Hospital Association and chaired the Lewiston/Auburn Volunteer Association. She served on the boards of the American Cancer Society, Androscoggin Valley Chapter of American Red Cross, United Way of Androscoggin County, L/A Arts, and served on the Lewiston Board of Education. Through the years, she has been recognized with many awards for her accomplishments but she was most proud of the Director of Volunteer Excellence (DOVE) award that was presented to her (the first recipient) by her statewide professional peers. She retired in 1996. Pauline had a special fondness for the outdoors. For years she would walk miles for a healthy lifestyle but also for the love of the outdoors. She enjoyed anything by the sea whether it be a walk on the beach, a lobster on a dock, or just reading a book at a scenic locale. She loved to travel, especially with some of her many friends. Many years ago she took up watercolor painting and has produced some very impressive pieces of artwork. She loved her family deeply and never missed an opportunity to spend time with them. Always a vocal cheerleader and huge supporter of her grandchildren’s’ events. Besides her parents, Pauline was predeceased by her sister Lorraine Lachance, husband Everett Fournier, and her eldest son Stephen Fournier. Surviving family members include her son Thomas Fournier and wife Debra from South Portland, a daughter-in-law, Pamela Fournier from Lewiston, grandchildren Craig and wife Jessica Fournier from Albany NY, Casey Fournier from South Portland, Christopher, Sarah, and Patrick Fournier from Lewiston, a brother Gerard Morin and several nieces and nephews who are very special to her. In the last moments of her life, Pauline expressed how much she appreciated the care she received and how comfortable she felt at St. Mary’s .We would like to thank all of the medical professionals in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and the ICU for their devotion, caring, and comforting professionalism. Relatives and friends are invited to visit at Albert & Burpee Funeral Home, 253 Pine Street, Lewiston, Maine on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 9 AM – 11 AM with a Funeral Liturgy to follow. Committal prayers will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to: St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders c/o St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center 93 Campus Ave. Lewiston, Maine 04240.

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