Mary Jane Peace

WATERVILLE – Mary Jane Peace, 80, of Waterville, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 13, 2021 at Oak Grove Center with her family by her side.

Mary was born March 29, 1941 in Waterville, the eldest daughter of Jennett (Garvis) LaBrie and Leo LaBrie. She attended Waterville schools and was employed at the Hathaway for many years. Later in life she worked as a housekeeper, making friends every were she worked.

Mary, known to most as “MèMè”, was a very social person. She enjoyed going shopping, eating out at restaurants, and visiting (and gossiping) with friends. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her children, 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. The abundance of kindness she showed the friends of her loved ones led to her becoming MèMè to many people beyond her immediate family.

Mary was predeceased by her husband, Stanley Peace; as well as her parents; and three bothers Alfred LaBrie, Lionel LaBrie, and Roger “Ray” LaBrie.

She is survived by her four children, Billy Sawtelle of Waterville, Debbie Sawtelle of Waterville, Ronald Sawtelle and his partner Sherry Bishop of Waterville, and Lisa Sawtelle of Beaver Falls, Pa. She is also remembered by her many grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Mary is also survived by her six remaining siblings Joseph LaBrie of Fairfield, Harold LaBrie of Waterville, Simone Johnson of Augusta, Paul LaBrie and his wife Charlene of Benton, Pam LaBrie of Waterville, and Gary LaBrie of Jefferson; as well as many nieces and nephews; and close friends.

The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Grove and the hospice nurses of Maine General for taking such great care of our MèMè and loving her.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 20 at 2 p.m., at Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville for people to visit and remember Mary together. An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at

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