Merlene J. Gourde, 83 ,of Bingham, passed away on February 21, 2019 at Cedar Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation in Skowhegan surrounded by her loving family.
Merlene was born on October 18, 1935 in Bingham a daughter of Vinal and Bertha Bridges. She attended local schools and graduated from Valley high school class of 1953. She worked for more than 20 years at the Solon Hotel where she many lifelong friends, a longtime resident of Jackman, Maine, she made many friends over the years and always considered Jackman as her home. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and word searches. She also loved a good baseball game and she was
always rooting for the Red Sox.
She was predeceased by both of her parents her husband Willard and a son Lee Gourde.
Marlene is survived by her sister Francine Barry and her partner Felix of Madison, her sister Priscilla Bridges of St. Louis, and her brother Vinal “Butch” Bridges and his wife Sharon of Madison. Merlene also leaves behind her children, Rick Gourde and his wife Penny of Dover Foxcroft, Vicky and her husband Malcolm of Forks Washington, Brenda Frigon of Gorham and Bill Gourde of Portland. Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Family would like to thank the staff at Cedar Ridge Nursing Home for their wonderful care. Merlene‘s family would also like to thank her previous roommate Evelyn Nichols who recently passed away and her family for all of their kindness and all that they did for Merlene over the years
A memorial service will be held for Merlene on Wednesday, February 27 , 2019 at 11:00 am, at Giberson funeral home 40 Maple St., Madison . There will be a memorial gathering following the service to share stories and visit with the family in the funeral home. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Giberson Funeral Home and Cremation Services. To leave a condolence for the family and to view the online obituary, please visit www.gibersonfuneralhome.com