Marie Lillian Heffren passed away on Monday June 24 after a long battle with heart disease. She died at home enveloped with love and surrounded by family.
Marie is survived by her four children: Sandra Jean and her husband Leonel (Bucky) LaRochelle, from Augusta Maine, Linda Jean and her husband John Nellenback from Cape Cod MA with whom she lived for the last 2 ½ years, Robert Jean and his wife Nancy (Martin) from Derry NH and Richard Jean and his wife Louise (Joly) from Northwood NH, her two step children: Kathy Heffren and her partner Rob Willis from Winter Park FL and James Heffren and his partner Lee Auchincloss from South Portland ME, and her two half-sisters Mary Gilbert and her husband Robert from Berwick ME and Carol Hawthorne and her husband Tim from Gordonville PA.
She was Meme to Kathy and her husband Tony, Bishop and his husband David, Bobbi, Erin, Nicole and her husband Michael, Jordan, Sheena and her husband Brian, and Nate; great grandmother to Cooper, Elara, Grayson, Jackson, Olivia and Leyton. She also leaves behind many, many treasured nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her first husband Patrick Jean from Augusta ME and her second husband Vaughn Heffren from Fairfield ME.
Marie was born on September 2, 1931 in Portland Maine to Oceila Morin and was adopted and raised by Archie and Laura Corbin LaRochelle in the Pittsfield and Waterville areas. She graduated with the class of 1950 from MCI in Pittsfield Maine.
Marie was raised by the influence of nine older siblings, growing up in a loving and close family. All have predeceased her.
At the age of 81, she discovered three half-sisters, connecting with and meeting Mary Gilbert, with whom she established a close relationship.
Those who met her were dazzled by her bright and infectious smile. Marie had a passion for gardening, in particular her love of orchids that drew her to snowbird to Sebastian Florida for winters. She loved the winter warmth and quickly became a Florida gal! She would challenge you to a Hand & Foot card game or jigsaw puzzle at a moment’s notice! She will truly be missed.
There will be a funeral Mass at 11:00 AM at St Augustine’s church in Augusta ME followed by a graveside service at 1:00 PM at the Maine Veterans Cemetery on August 30. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Marie Heffren to the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers, 93 Silver St., Waterville ME. 04901.