ELLSWORTH — Mary Eleanor (Thompson) LaBelle, 78, passed away Dec. 11, 2012, surrounded by her loving family at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor. She was born July 3, 1934, in Wesley to Charles and Lucy (Guptill) Thompson.
The summer before Mary graduated from Old Town High School in 1952, where she lettered in softball, she met the love of her life while blueberry raking at her grandmother Hattie’s fields in Wesley. On Aug. 30, 1952, she married her sailor, Lee K. LaBelle. They built a life together with Mary at the heart of it as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Mary was an awesome cook, and also liked to knit, crochet, read, garden and spend time at camp. She was Lee’s trap line assistant and constant companion, a cribbage player and an avid Patriots and Yankees fan. She was a member of the Union Congregational Church of Ellsworth Falls, where she was very active teaching Sunday School, was a deacon, served on the board of trustees and was a member of the Mothers Club. Mary acted as cheerleader for her grandchildren in all their endeavors. She always said that her family was her treasure, but in fact, truth be told we all knew it was the other way around, for she was ours.
She is survived by her loving husband, Lee K. LaBelle of Ellsworth; one son, Dwayne LaBelle and wife, Andrea, of Dedham; one daughter, Karen Baron and husband, Danny, of Ellsworth; two grandsons, Austin Baron of Ellsworth, Matthew LaBelle and partner, Hana, of Portland; granddaughter, Amanda LaBelle and her partner, Daniel, of Rockland; one sister, Charla Thompson of Payson, Ariz.; one brother, Samuel Thompson and wife, Kathy, of Milford; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Yvonne Gifford.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at the Union Congregational Church UCC of Ellsworth Falls, with Pastor Amanda McCullough officiating. Interment will be at Woodbine Cemetery in Ellsworth. Contributions in Mary’s memory may be made to the Union Congregational Church of Ellsworth Falls, P.O. Box 635, Ellsworth, ME. 04605. Condolences may be made at www.jordanfernald.com.