Janet King Beaulieu

AUGUSTA – Janet King Beaulieu passed away at home on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, from Alzheimer’s disease surrounded by her family, she was three days shy of her 87th birthday.

She was born at home in Hallowell on the sub zero day of Feb. 6, 1934, to John and Ruth (Williams) King.

Janet was predeceased by her parents, sister, Betty Markham, and nephew Billy Markham.

She graduated from Cony High School in 1952 and went to work for the State of Maine Adjutant General’s Office, working for General Fortin, until 1956.

She met the love of her life, Arthur, and they married in 1955 beginning her childhood dream of starting her own family in 1957.

They purchased their first home in Chelsea in 1960 raising their family there until 1975 when they had their new house built in Augusta.

When Arthur started his business, Janet managed the books.

Janet was not only a homemaker, she jumped in and did everything needed whether it was painting, mowing, even carrying shingles up the ladder at their first house.

After her family was grown she returned to work for the State of Maine Department of Labor. This was a whole new era, no more typewriters and computers had taken over. Janet went to computer classes and conquered it, she was well respected for the fine work she did and her work ethic. Janet was well liked by her peers having many friends.

Janet was rather quiet, but was witty like her mother and always enjoyed a good joke. For many, many years the family would gather at Janet and Arthur’s home every Sunday evening and shared lots of good times and laughter.

Janet was so proud of her family and beamed with each endeavor whether it was snowmobile racing, Whatever Race Queen competition, being part of the Clough’s Clydesdale crew and undoubtedly music. She beamed with pride from the audience for two generations of Chizzle Wizzle participants, her son, Steve, as well as her grandchildren, Eric and Cady.

Her life was filled with music. She loved Arthur’s voice and enjoyed hearing him sing and play bass at fairs and events in several bands. Her son Steve was in several bands beginning in his early teens and she thoroughly enjoyed attending his concerts whether as part of school or outside events. She also enjoyed hearing her son-in-law Jeff perform bluegrass music with his band.

Family vacations were always so memorable; the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, Niagara Falls, Quebec and New England.

Janet and Arthur loved to travel, their longest trip being a one month trip in their camper cross country visiting highlights in the upper part of the country, spending a week with their good friends, the Randall’s, in Oregon and traveling back in the lower part of the country enjoying its memorable places. She kept a diary of their trip that she so enjoyed.

They made two trips to Jayne and Jeff’s home in Florida and enjoyed relaxing on the lanai, looking for shells and sharks teeth on the beaches as well as visiting the local attractions.

They spent many years camping at Fryeburg Fair, reconnecting with their friends each year.

Janet was an animal lover having several pets over the years.

She was a wonderful cook and a beautiful seamstress; the Raggedy Ann dolls she made for Lila’s collection are exceptional.

The simplest things in life made her happy; walks on the back lawn, seeing wildlife in the backyard, watching the birds at the feeder (especially her Cardinals) and sitting on the lawn swing with Arthur in the evening.

There are not enough accolades that are truly befitting to Janet – she did everything for her family and her family meant everything to her.

Janet is survived by her husband, Arthur of Augusta, daughter, Laurie Beaulieu of Augusta, daughter, Jayne and son-in-law Jeff Folger of Sidney, son, Steven and daughter-in-law Lila of Augusta, grandson, Eric Beaulieu and husband Nick of Augusta and granddaughter, Cady Beaulieu of Augusta.

We would like to thank the Maine General Hospice team for their support during this time.

This special lady is so sorely missed by her family; she was the best wife, mother and grandmother anyone could have asked for!

There will be no services at this time. A graveside service will take place in the spring.

Arrangements are in the care of the Knowlton-Hewins Funeral Home, 1 Church Street, Augusta, where condolences may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at http://www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Kennebec Valley Humane Society

10 Pethaven Lane

Augusta.

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