BINGHAM – Joan Marie Paquette Frederic, 87, passed away on August 26, 2021 at her home after a short illness. Loving family was at her side as she left us.
She was born in Biddeford, Maine on June 28, 1934 to Virginia Douglas and Conrad Paquette, and lived in the Biddeford area for much of her youth. Later William E. Burns would become her loving father; the family moved to Anson where they had a farm for many years. She married Burton L. Frederic of Starks and together they worked hard and raised four children. They lived in Starks, Portland, Anson and Madison, Maine and were married for nearly 30 years before Burton’s passing in 1981.
In 2007, she found the second love of her life, Charlie Davis, who survives her, where he served as the Beano caller at the American Legion in Madison. They were constant companions for fifteen years, always on the road and looking for great garage sales and antique shops, eating out, sharing a love of family, country music and collectibles. A perfect match, together they made many friends and their combined families adored them both.
Joan was predeceased by her husband, Burton, her sister, Gloria Paquette Redmond Tanner, and her son, Bruce. She is survived by her life partner, Charlie and his loving family, her daughter-in-law, Judy, of Farmington, son Dana and his wife, Peg, of Pinole, CA, daughter Kim and her husband Jay of Phoenix, AZ, and son Eric Paul and his wife, Maria of Methuen, MA. Her beloved grandchildren include Kate (Bruce and Judy), Eric Burton and Lauren (Dana and Peg), Josh (Kim and fist husband Wayne Smith), Aaron and Shira (Kim and Jay) and Eric Anthony (Eric Paul and first wife Darcy Nelson). She had nine great-grandchildren: AJ, Ace, Freddy, Mae, Asha, Beatrice, Jesse, Ried and Ada. She also leaves behind her caring and loving brother-in-law, Paul Frederic (Betty) of Starks and a half-brother, Brian Burns (Alice) of Anson.
Joan graduated from Madison High School in 1952. In addition to being a mom and homemaker, she worked in the popsicle stick factory in Madison, the Corn Shop in Starks, shoe manufacturing plants in Norridgewock, and was later trained to become a Certified Nurses’ Aide. She found her passion in caring for others and was employed at Redington- Fairview Hospital in Skowhegan, Maplecrest Nursing Home and Somerset Boarding Home, both in Madison, Maine. She also provided excellent in-home care to several individuals. Her compassion and sense of humor endeared her to patients, resident and coworkers. Later, she and Burton opened a second-hand shop and they worked side by side, attending auctions and perusing garage sales at every opportunity. She obtained her first drivers’ license at the age of 52.
After retirement, she purchased her first sewing machine and taught herself to sew, making numerous beautiful quilts. She also had a passion for all kinds of crafts and hobbies, including embroidery, crocheting, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, soap operas, scrabble and playing Beano. She was an active member of her local Sunshine organization for many years, serving as president during part of her tenure. Joan made many friends everywhere she went.
The family wishes to acknowledge Melissa Mayo, her bonus daughter, who, along with her dad, Charlie, made it possible for Joan to continue to live in her own home and remain an active member of community life until her passing. We also wish to extend our deep gratitude to the wonderful home health aides she utilized over the past few years, and to the wonderful folks at Maine General Home Care and Hospice of Waterville, who provided invaluable care and support to all of us.
In celebration of her life and to share stories and memories, we invite friends and family to join us at her home at 9 Overlook Lane, Bingham on Saturday, September 4 from 1-4 pm. Joan chose to be cremated and will be remembered next to her husband Burton and son Bruce at the Frederic Family Cemetery in Starks. Donations in her memory may be made to Maine Crisis and Counseling Center, Skowhegan: https://crisisandcounseling.org
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
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