August 28, 1930 – November 2, 2018
Rita Poulin, 88
Winslow - On November 2nd 2018, Heaven gained another angel, Rita Juliette Poulin. She was surrounded by her family during a long three week battle to survive after a tragic car accident. She was born on August 28, 1930 in Waterville, the daughter of Arthur and Evelina (Loubier) Bisson.
She was educated in the Waterville Schools, leaving after the 8th grade to work at the Diamond Match Mill to help her family. While working at the mill in 1947, Rita saw the man she knew she would spend the rest of her life with, Calvin Poulin. They were married in June of 1948 at Notre Dame Church in Waterville.
Her husband enlisted in the Air Force in 1951 and together, they took off on a life journey full of traveling. Rita boarded a train in November headed to Denver, Colorado, her first time ever leaving New England. This marked the beginning of 21 years of military service on 14 different bases, plus multiple temporary duty assignments; 21 years of creating lifelong friendships with wonderful memories.
While stationed in Arkansas, they were blessed with their only child, Calvin, who gave Rita one of the biggest joys in life - being a mom. He brought so much happiness into Calvin and Rita’s lives. Calvin Jr. traveled with them until 1972 when they returned to settle down in Winslow.
Rita was a homemaker upon returning to Maine and a caregiver to her mother for multiple years. She also worked at Leo’s Market and Cyrway Farm. Her last job, the one she most enjoyed, was in the cafeteria at Waterville High School, retiring in 1992.
Rita enjoyed traveling the country in retirement and visiting family and friends. She also enjoyed gardening, baking, boat rides, shopping with friends, watching the Red Sox and Celtics, and much to her son’s dismay, the Patriots. She’ll always be remembered for her young at heart attitude, sense of humor, her ability to be a great listener, and always truly caring for and about others.
Rita loved with all her heart her husband, Calvin, her son Calvin Jr, his wife Jeannie, and their two daughters, Autumn and Ciera, who she thought the world of. She enjoyed spending time with them, watching her son and her granddaughters participate in sports, and all their other school activities.
Rita was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, Calvin, her parents, her brothers Perley, Roland, Paul, and sister Estelle Roderick.
Rita is survived by her son Calvin, his wife Jeannie, granddaughters Autumn and Ciera Poulin, her sisters Lorette Kryzak and Delores Beaulieu, many special nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.
A special thank you goes out to all EMS personnel who responded to the accident, Inland Hospital ER and staff, especially Erika Glynn, EMMC surgeon Dr. Rafael Grossman, for his skill and compassion, and the ICU nurses, for all their support, love and exceptional care.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Baptist Church, in Winslow on Saturday, December 1st, at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St John Regional Catholic School, Tuition Assistance, 47 Monument St., Winslow, ME 04901
- Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, December 1, 2018
- Burial - at a later date