Solange "Sally" T. Lamontagne 91, of Sanford passed away on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at the Enclave of Scarborough where she had been residing for the past three years.
She was born on May 24, 1929 the daughter of Maurice and Ledorina (Burbank) Thibodeau in St. Felix De Kinzey, Canada. Her parents both passed away and at 9 years old Sally came Sanford to stay with her aunt and uncle Yvette and Rosair Plante.
At the age of 16 Sally went to work in the local textile mills including the Goodall Mills in Sanford. She specialized in the mending and purchasing department and was also the first female manager in the company.
In 1947, when she was 18, made the decision to become a U.S. citizen. She also married her husband Gerard that year.
Sally was an active parishioner of the St. Ignatius Parish in Sanford and was a Eucharistic Minister since its foundation. She enjoyed participating in the penny sale, the guild, and decorating for Christmas.
She was a member of L'Union De St. Jean Baptiste, and a member of the Sanford/Springvale Historical Committee.
All of her life she was a gardener and she and her husband had a large vegetable garden. Canning came naturally to her and at times her root cellar looked like a mini health food store.
She also enjoyed ballroom and square dancing for many years.
Family reunions were always an event she looked forward to and she especially enjoyed seeing the new babies. She was very close to her grandchildren and great grand children.
She is predeceased by a sister Gilberthe Normand, a brother Bruno Thibodeau and his wife Rita, step brothers, Archie Plante, and Normand Plante and a foster child, Charles E. Comeau.
Survivors include her husband of 74 years Gerard Lamontagne, her son Steven B. Lamontagne and his wife Marcela of Mt. Dora, FL, her son Marc Lamontagne and his wife Sharon of Portland, her daughter Janice Guillemette and her husband Patrick, of Shapleigh, her grandchildren, Justin, Nicole, and Betty Lamontagne and Jean Paul Guillemette, her great grandchildren Lilah, Adelle, Walker and Emilia Tully, Katherine and William Lamontagne, and Caleb Guillemette, her siblings Vivian Lavallee of Saco, Mrs. Raymond Moore of Somersworth, NH, Marie Belanger of Sanford, sister in law Stella Plante and Jeannine Martineau and her husband Richard.
A mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, May 19 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Therese Parish Holy Family Church, 66 North Ave, Sanford, ME.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the St. Thomas School Scholarship Fund, 66 North Ave., Sanford, ME 04073.
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