Valerie's Story

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Valerie (Dumas) O'Brien arrived in March, 1952. The eldest of seven children born to David and Aliette Dumas, Valerie and her three brothers and three sisters grew up in Lisbon Falls, Maine (the hometown of Moxie, which she enjoyed).
Valerie graduated from Lisbon High School in 1970 and began studies at the University of Maine in Orono for plant and soil sciences that fall. She met James O'Brien of Reading, MA at school and after three years of courtship and the completion of her baccalaureate degree, Valerie and James were married in 1974. Three years later, while pursuing graduate studies in plant pathology at UMaine, their daughter Cristin was born. They settled in Glenburn and also had a son, Sean. Valerie completed her graduate studies in 1980 and spent time with the kids, doing the full time job of a stay-at-home parent. In addition to laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc., Valerie planned and maintained the vegetable and flower gardens that she loved, she spent hours preparing and canning the vegetables the gardens produced, and she was an avid seamstress, making clothes for herself and occasionally for the kids. She loved to cross-stitch, read mystery novels, and quilt. She was very creative and encouraged the kids to explore their own creative interests and talents.
Valerie went back to school in 1988 and completed Eastern Maine Medical Center's Medical Technology Program in 1991. She liked working in the lab and especially in blood bank.
Valerie was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi for more than 30 years and very much enjoyed the meetings and social activities with her sorority sisters.
Valerie was predeceased by her father and mother, and her grandson Jai. She will be missed by many friends, numerous cousins, her sisters Debbie, Michelle and Stephanie, brothers Mark, Steven and Mike, her surviving grandchildren Robert, Giselle, Aditya and Amelia, her children Cristin and Sean, and especially by her husband of 43 years, Jim. Epitomizing 'through good times and bad, in sickness and in health,' Valerie and Jim stuck together through everything that life threw at them and were holding hands as she drew her last breath just before dawn on December 2, 2017.
There will not be a funeral service for Valerie. Valerie supported the Angel Tree every year and memorial contributions in her honor can be given to your local Angel Tree to bring joy to a child in need this holiday season. (Angel Tree is a program of the Salvation Army and has donation tables in many malls throughout the country, including the Bangor Mall from November 24 - December 16).
Published on December 6, 2017
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