-Eugenia A. Sirois

SOUTH GARDINER –

Eugenia “Jeannie” A. Sirois, 72, of South Gardiner, passed away on May 19, 2022 at Maine General Hospital due to complications from a chronic illness.

Eugenia was born in Augusta to Leroy Shea and Margaret Shea on March 23, 1950. She went to Gardiner Area High School and graduated in 1969. She married Ernest “Ernie” P. Sirois on August 28,1977 in Gardiner.

Jeannie worked in a textile factory for many years before becoming a CNA, a career she loved and continued until retirement. She was a consummate caregiver and tirelessly worked full time at night, enabling her to be home to raise her family and care for her husband during the day.

Jeannie was an avid dog lover, with a particular penchant for Yorkshire Terriers, but would always open her home to any dog in need. She was fascinated with new technology, and even in her later years would regale her grandchildren with how tech savvy she could be. Jeannie was always knitting wonderful mittens, slippers, or sweaters. Any baby ever born within her realm can claim ownership to one of Jeannie’s creative baby blankets. She was also a gifted seamstress, often making beautiful dresses for her daughters or granddaughter to wear to school, dances, and special occasions. Despite her busy schedule and modest means, Jeannie was generous with both her time and money. Above all else, family was the most important to her and she kept them close whenever possible.

Eugenia is preceded in death by her husband Ernest Sirois, parents Leroy Shea and Margaret Shea, and her sister Pamela Bumford.

Eugenia is survived by her children Bonnie Smith, Ernestine “Tina” Sirois, Jeffrey “Jeff” Sirois, stepdaughter Evonne Stanley; grandchildren Chandler Smith, Margaret Smith, Holden Smith, Shaniqua Antoine, Noah Partridge, and Tyler Meader.

Eugenia wasn’t fancy or flashy, but she was a gem, taking pleasure from the simple things in life and living by example. She was never too tired or busy when it came to offering support for her family or friends, even after working a ten-hour night shift. Her family is heartbroken to say goodbye to this dynamic woman, her unwavering support, and her beautiful smile that lit up whenever one of them walked into the room.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, June 1, from 4 – 6 p.m., and a funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 2, at 10 a.m., followed by interment at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Gardiner.

Arrangements are entrusted with Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, Maine. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website, http://www.staplesfuneralhome.com.

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