Jeannette Ida Collins

TUCSON, Ariz. – Jeannette Ida (Gaudreau) Blaisdell Collins, a resident of Tucson, Ariz. for the past two years, formerly of Madison, died peacefully in her sleep on May 27, 2021 at the age of 92.

She was born in Canaan on Dec. 23, 1928, daughter of Romeo and Parmelia (Lagassee) Gaudreau. As a teen, she lived in New Bedford, Mass. for a short time. She has lived in Rome, North Anson, Embden, and Madison. She lived a short time in Colorado Springs, Colo. and most recently, Tucson, Ariz. where she resided with her daughter, Leesha Smith. She had been employed with various local shoe factories, but worked for 20 years as a saw operator, at North Anson Reel Company in North Anson, where she retired in 1993.

She was survived by a son, Ronald F. Blaisdell, his wife, Cheryl of Skowhegan, daughter, Leesha (Blaisdell) Smith, her husband Peter of Tucson, Ariz.; two sisters, Irene (Gaudreau) Dudley of Norridgewock and Dorothy (Gaudreau) Thibodeau of Skowhegan; three grandchildren, Michelle (Trafton) Aiken, Tiffany Smith, and Nicole Blaisdell; four great-grandchildren, Bonnie-Jane Aiken, Blaize Aiken, Kensley Dibartolomeo and Kason Dibartolomeo; several nieces and nephews; and many friends and inherited grandchildren that she considered family.

She was predeceased by her parents, named above; her first husband, Floyd G. Blaisdell, second husband, Blin F. Collins; daughter, Elaine Blaisdell; sister, Cecilia (Gaudreau) Woodworth Lapointe; and a granddaughter, Tory Smith.

Jeannette would be described by anyone who knew her as a happy lady who always found something to compliment about everyone she came in contact with. She truly saw the world through rose-colored glasses. She loved barbecued hamburgers, yard sales, both having them and attending, thrift stores, puzzles, her special soap operas and playing solitaire.

A memorial service will be held at the Calvary Pentecostal Church in Madison on July 24 at 10 a.m. The Cremains will be placed at Village Cemetery in Rome, with no additional graveside service.

In lieu of flowers” donate to Disabled American Veterans. https://www.dav.org/

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