Dorothy Thibodeau

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Dorothy M. (Weaver) Thibodeau, 80, formerly of Seton Village, died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006, surrounded by her family, at Oak Grove Living and Rehabilitation Center in Waterville. She was born Nov. 8, 1926, in Greenbrier, Tenn., a daughter of Sally (Grubbs) and Gillie Weaver Sr.

While working at Union Station in Nashville, Tenn., she met Joseph Thibodeau Jr. from Fairfield and later married him in Kentucky on Dec. 11, 1944. In July 1954 they moved to Fairfield where they raised their six children. She also worked at Joy's Florist in Nashville, Laverdiere's Drug Store in Waterville, Greenlaw's Restaurant in Fairfield, W.T. Grant's at Elm Plaza, Colby College Dining Service in Waterville, and for a few years with her husband owned and operated Thib's Taxi in Fairfield.

She loved to bowl and was a member of the local bowling lanes for 32 years, and was past president and secretary of the Tuesday and Sunday Night League. She was an officer in the State Bowling Association and was the first woman to be inducted into Waterville's U.S. Bowling Association Hall of Fame. She lived at Seton Village for 16 years and was the president of the Resident Council for eight consecutive years until her health forced her to stop.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband of 43 years; son, James Thibodeau; granddaughter, Lisa Marie Levasseur; five brothers, Carney, Gillie, Frank, Thomas and Bobby Weaver; and two sisters, Frances Bedwell and Evie Lou Eanes. She is survived by three daughters, Frances York and husband, Charles, Camellia Levasseur and husband, Paul, and Janice Beane and husband, Alan, all of Benton; two sons, Joseph Thibodeau III and wife Theresa of Marydel, Del., and Arthur Thibodeau Sr. and wife, Joy, of Waterville; a daughter-in-law, Gisele Thibodeau of Hollis; 15 grandchildren; one stepgrandson; 20 great-grandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; a sister, Lillian White of Greenbrier, Tenn.; and a brother, Billy Weaver and wife Helen of Madison, Tenn.

Family and friends are invited for visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, at Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at Faith Evangelical Free Church, Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville. Interment will take place at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Seton Village Resident Council, c/o Jackie Varney, 1 Carver St., Box 121, Waterville, ME 04901.

Special thanks to Jackie Varney, a close friend for many years, the Dialysis Unit at MaineGeneral Medical Center, Thayer Unit, and to the staff at Oak Grove Living and Rehabilitation Center.