The Fortin Group

217 Turner Street, Auburn, ME


Mary Jane Provencher

May 17, 1936July 9, 2020

Mary Jane Provencher 1936-2020

Lewiston-Mary Jane Provencher, age 84, passed away on Thursday, July 9th, 2020, in the comfort of her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born May 17th, 1936, to Everett Glidden and Myrtle (Dysart) of Bangor. Meeting her college sweetheart at the University of Maine in Orono, Mary married Robert J. Provencher of Lewiston on September 29th, 1956. She obtained her teaching degree as they raised their four children, embarking on a career of which she spent the majority teaching the second grade at the Farwell Elementary School in Lewiston. Mary will be remembered as an avid reader, gardener, and puzzler. Rarely did she leave the crossword unfinished. Mary enjoyed her summers at camp and being with her family. Her sunny disposition, bright laugh, and quick, mischievous wit will be missed. Mary is survived by her partner of 6 six years, Edward Allen; her children, Robert M. Provencher and his wife Anne E. Archambault of Freeport; William E. Provencher and his wife Linda of Overland Park, KS; Lynne M. D’Eramo and her husband Andrew J. of Lewiston; Christina M. Gamache and her husband, Daniel R. of Sabattus; 9 grandchildren, Thomas and Christopher Provencher of Freeport; April and Ashley Provencher of Overland Park, KS; Alexandra D’Eramo, Samantha Manson, and Kristen D’Eramo of Lewiston; Benjamin and Sophia Gamache of Sabattus; and 2 great grandchildren, Madison and William Manson. You are invited to pay tribute to Mary’s life by visiting her guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com At families request there will be no services until limitations from Covid have been lifted, Arrangements are under the care & direction of The Fortin Group Funeral Homes, Cremation & monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn 783-8545.


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Sue (Applegarth) Levesque

July 14, 2020

Sending my sympathy to the Provencher family during this sad time. Thank you for sharing your Mom with all of us. Growing up on Rachel Blvd was the best, we had many Moms watching over us! I remember her watching over us when my mom was in the hospital for childbirth. She was so caring and nurturing when we were missing our mom. May you all find peace and comfort knowing your Mom was loved and admired by so many.

Lorraine and Doland Dussault

July 13, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to the family. Our prayers are with you.

Your neighbors,

Lorraine and Donald

Jeffrey Timberlake

July 13, 2020

Mrs. Provencher was my 2nd grade teacher at Farwell School in 1979. I still remember her beaming smile and that teacher look that let you know you had done something wrong. She was always caring and I remember feeling comfortable and loved as a child in her classroom because that's what students remember most. I'm 48 now and working with first grade students. Please accept my condolences - based upon the obiturary she was loved by many.

Rhonda Obie

July 13, 2020

Growing up on Rachel Blvd, as I did, is a blessing many will never know. Truly a sense of “family”, even today.
Mr. & Mrs. Provencher gave the watchful eyes & memories so many of us will always cherish. From the backyard camp outs in Mr. Provencher’s old army tent, to the neighborhood 4th of July block party celebration Mrs. Provencher helped coordinate, to weddings, baby showers, pool parties- I could go on and on. So many great times.
Knowing that Mrs. Provencher could say what she meant without being mean, adding her hilarious wit just at the right moment, will undoubtedly carry her over the pearly gates with class.
Take Care and Rest In Peace Mrs. Provencher.
See you there!

Donna Mathieu

July 13, 2020

I was so fortunate to grow up in the neighborhood where I did, blessed with so many great lifelong friends. They say it takes a village, and I’m so thankful you were part of mine. Great memories of our moms sitting on front porches after dinner, drinking coffee, and later sharing glasses of wine together. She was nurturing, calming, and so witty, and will be missed. Xo

Barbara Andrews

July 11, 2020

Mary Jane and I have been dear friends since Jr. H.S. I cherish memories of commuting back-and-forth to UMO, All Souls Youth Fellowship, and those many get-togethers at Rosemary Fitzgerald’s camp to renew old relationships over these past several summers.
She had a sweet and funny disposition, was very loyal to her friends, and was a loving-nuturing mother. We are grateful to God for the life of this wonderful woman.

Karen Choate

July 11, 2020

So sorry to hear about our lovely neighbor's passing. Wishing the family all the best.

Jaynne Beaule-Hinkley

July 11, 2020

What a wonderful, sweet lady...Mrs. Provencher, as I always called her. One of my favorite customers while working at Provencher’s Landscape/Nursery, and at Blais Flower Shop. She, and a lot of times, with her daughter Lynn, stopped in to buy flowers and gifts ... always so friendly and happy.. I loved seeing them! She always had a smile on her beautiful face! I feel blessed to have known her, and have a nice friendship with her!
God Bless her whole family during these sad days, She loved all of you so much! She always spoke of her family, her happy life! I pray God gives you great strength with all the wonderful memories you all shared together! I believe there was quite a reunion in heaven, seeing all those she loved so much that have passed before her!
My deepest sympathy, you’re in my thoughts and prayers.. Love, Jaynne