In Memoriam : Karen Mercier

Karen Mercier Karen Jean Mercier - age: 63
(June 25, 1957 to September 14, 2020 )
Resident of Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Visitation Information:
A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Trinity Episcopal Church, Saco and Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home, Saco are entrusted with her arrangements.

Donations may be made in honor of Karen to Trinity Episcopal Church/Saco or Gosnell House/Scarborough.

Obituary:
Karen Jean Mercier, 63, passed away peacefully on September 14, 2020 at from cancer, which she fought with perseverance, courage, grace and charm. Karen was born and grew up in Auburn, Maine, the daughter of the late Jean M. (Hume) and Robert D. Mercier.
Karen was one very amazing person who touched the lives of so many people and gave of herself to each and every one of them. All are better for having had the privilege of knowing Karen. She had great strength, gentle poise and incredible wisdom beyond belief. She had the greatest love for all of her family and friends.
Karen was a dedicated and innovative teacher for over 35 years and retired from RETC in the Auburn School Department. While at RETC she created the successful Dealy’s training program for at-risk youth, which provided knowledge and skills needed in the food industry. Whenever she had the opportunity Karen extended her teaching skills and mentorship beyond the classroom. She was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Saco and was very involved in her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop 60.
Karen especially enjoyed organizing activities for family and friends. She was a phenomenal hostess who planned to most finite detail. She was Ms. Project Manager Extraordinaire (sewing, upholstering, painting, and everything in between); the consummate cook; an awesome baker (taste treat sensations shared at retirement parties, baby showers, graduation parties, weddings, church functions, and restaurants); and the Bargain Hunting Queen with super shopping skills. Above all, she loved “beaching it” …building sandcastles, flying kites, tickling her toes in the sand…all while the surf was roaring in the background; and, she loved those infamous crabmeat rolls. No matter what was planned there was always time for a cup of tea and a sweet treat.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Jean and Robert Mercier; sister-in-law, Sylvia Mercier; uncles, John Hume and William Blais; cousins, John Hume and Nicolas Panetta.
Karen is survived by her daughter Ja-Mia of Columbus, Georgia; four siblings, Thomas Mercier (Peg), Knoxville, TN; Richard Mercier (Mary), North Fort Myers, FL; David Mercier, Old Orchard Beach, ME; Tina Mercier of Columbus, GA; aunts, Eleanor Hume and Delice Blais; sister-in-law, Lorraine Mercier; as well as dear nieces, nephews, cousins, and “adopted” sisters, who adored, admired and respected her.
The family wishes to thank New England Cancer Specialists for their ongoing compassionate care, physically and emotionally, through the difficult journey; Maine Health Care at Home for their professional and thoughtful strategies to help Karen stay in her home; the volunteers from Trinity Episcopal Church who were always there when needed; and the staff at the Gosnell House for being Angels providing compassionate and empathic care in her last days.








Cynthia Morgan - October 4, 2020Contact this person Contact this person
Karen was truly one of a kind. Her energy, enthusiasm, patience, ability to teach and creativity was surpassed by none. I proudly served beside her at RETC for many, many years and never ceased to be impressed with her as a friend, person, leader and teacher. I am eternally grateful for all she taught me. Students were lucky to be in her class. She taught basic and not-so-basic skills to so many students (and some of us staff). She could organize a school event, run class and remain calm and positive all without breaking a sweat. Karen truly loved and appreciated her family. She was forever singing David's praises and speaking of all the help he gave her with the little things in life. She was so proud of all of Mia's accomplishments and loved being her mother. She also shared stories of the happy memories she had of Tom and Peg and Dick and Mary and Tina and Lorraine. You could tell from her tone of voice that she felt close to and loved by each of them. She would tell long happy stories of family gatherings when everyone came to Maine to celebrate the holidays and, due to personal tastes, there had to be five kinds of potatoes on the table. She enjoyed traveling to visit family farther south. Despite her above and beyond abilities in so many things, Karen was humble. She never boasted about her accomplishments, but made and took them in stride, as though everyone were so equally capable. Karen loved her mother to no end. She tirelessly cared for her in her final years, helping her with every detail of her life. Her mother's 70th birthday party was a classy affair to remember. The garden walk way leading into Trinity Episcopal Church was then lined with flowers in her mother's honor. Karen greatly impacted and influenced my life. I will miss her, beyond words. She was a truly special person. My heartfelt condolences to her family. May she (and you) be at peace.



John Neal - October 20, 2020Contact this person Contact this person
I was so sorry to read of Karen's passing in the Lewiston newspaper last week. I had the great privilege of growing up next door to Karen and the Mercier family, and they were literally my first friends, sharing all of the wonders and traumas of childhood together as we made our halting and circuitous way toward adulthood. First visit to a house that wasn't my own? Next door to visit Karen! First supper at a friend's house? At Karen's! I mean, literally my earliest memories involve Karen and her family, and I can't believe that her race is now run, and run too soon at that. All through elementary school, Karen and I were friends. And then, once college and grad school were behind us, I had the privilege of working with Karen as a colleague in the Auburn school system -- there was no one more dedicated to children, and especially to children in poverty, as was Karen. She worked with the children to whom life had already given two strikes, and she made a huge difference; I have no doubt that her advocacy turned many a young life around over the years she worked in Auburn. I regret that we fell out of touch when my career took me out of Auburn, although I do fondly remember the 70th birthday party she put together for her mom -- I still have not experienced anything quite like it! I remember Karen always as a gentle soul and a classy colleague, and my heartfelt condolences go out to her family, along with my undying gratitude for all the kindness and love they showed me as a kid growing up next door. I sincerely hope that those who loved her will find solace and comfort in her memory, and in the knowledge that she made a real difference in the lives of those whose paths she crossed.



    
 





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