SPRINGVALE, Maine — Thelma Poulin Vincent, 99, of Springvale, Maine died in Springvale on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.
Mrs. Vincent was born on January 2, 1914 in North Vassalboro, Maine, the daughter of J. Dominique Poulin and Germaine Verkruysse Poulin. When Thelma was a child her family moved to Springvale, Maine. Her earliest memory there was the delight she felt when she learned Springvale had a library. All her life, she loved to read. Thelma was a graduate of the 1931 Class of Sanford High School and the 1935 Class of Bates College. All the friends she made in those years lasted throughout her life. Following graduation, she taught English and French at Stratton High School and Sanford High School and supervised extracurricular activities. In 1940 in Seattle, Washington, she married Walter Michael Vincent, a pilot in the U.S. Navy. They lived all over the United States, including Alaska. After Cmdr. Vincent retired, they settled in Springvale where she taught French at Nasson College until she retired.
Mrs. Vincent always believed in giving back to the community. She was a Girl Scout leader in Washington, D.C. and a leader of the Tri-Hi-Y Girls Club in Sanford. She was a member and president of the Sanford College Club, a member and president of the IOTA Chapter Delta Kappa Gamma International, a member of Search Light Club, a member of the Goodall Hospital Auxiliary and a faithful volunteer at Books Revisited in Sanford.
Thelma was predeceased by her husband, her parents, her brothers Dominic and Alwin Poulin and grandson Michael Vincent, Jr.
She is survived by her daughter, Maggi Vincent and husband Patrick McLaughlin of North Berwick, Maine; son Michael Andrew and wife Susan Vincent of Belmont, NH; daughter Dr. Miriam Vincent of Boston, Mass.; son Robert and wife Elaine Vincent of Lebanon, Maine. She is also survived by her grandchildren Caitlin Vincent McLaughlin, Colin Vincent McLaughlin and wife Jen, Deborah and husband Bob Krick, Randy Davis, Brian and Emily Vincent as well as four great grandchildren. She also leaves behind dear friend and cousin, Muriel Poulin and several beloved nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 6 at the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home located at 580 Main Street in Springvale, Maine. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 7 at St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish, Notre Dame Church, located on Payne Street in Springvale. Interment will follow at Notre Dame Cemetery in Springvale.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to the Springvale Public Library, 443 Main Street, Springvale, Maine 04083 and/or Nasson College Alumni Association, P.O. Box 416, Springvale, Maine 04083.
Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale.
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