Beverly Ann (Duguay) (Bernatchez) Olsen

BENTON – Beverly Ann (Duguay) (Bernatchez) Olsen, 79, of Benton, passed away peacefully, after an unexpected medical event, on May 21, 2022. Her family spent every moment allowed with her and was present when she passed away. She was born on Nov. 15, 1942, in Waterville, and was the daughter of Isidore “Duke” and Marie Bertha (Gignac) Duguay.

She grew up in Winslow and graduated from Winslow High School, Class of 1960. She worked for Keyes Fibre Company, C.F. Hathaway Company and then went back to school, graduating from Central Beauty School in Augusta, Class of 1985. She taught cosmetology at Pierre’s School of Cosmetology in Waterville; worked at Concourse Beauty Salon and Dianne’s Family Hairstyles before opening her own salon, Bev’s Hair Design in Winslow. She later opened another salon in Fairfield, Casual Cuts. In the 70’s she sang in the Homeward Bound Band, and they played all around Central Maine.

Ma loved her family, her friends, and many of her customers became her friends. She was a “mother” to many people and was always one to help others, taking in many friends over the years. She was the type of person that would give the shirt off her back. She loved having family around, cooking for them; crepes, whoopee pies, spaghetti & “frog soup,” were some of her specialties; taking us sledding and skating when we were growing up; playing the music loud, singing and laughing; making jewelry; cheering us on as kids, and later, the grandchildren, and great grandchildren, at their sporting events.

She was predeceased by her parents; and her sister, Carol Knapp.

She is survived by her sons, Gregory (Terrie Laweryson) Bernatchez, Gary Bernatchez and Glenn (Mary) Bernatchez, her daughter, Kelly (Guy) Lawrence, stepdaughters, Tammy (Dan) Pomerleau, Debbie (Steve) Otis and Sonya Jackson; grandchildren, “Grammy’s Angels”, Zachary (Tiffany) Bernatchez, Samantha Bernatchez, Brock (Kayla) Lawrence, Alexa (Orlando) Holmes, Ashley (PJ Gombos) Bernatchez, Paige (Keron) Brown, Lucas (Holly Hacskaylo) Lawrence, Adam (Mariena Bragg) Bernatchez, and Nick (Bridgette) Carter; great-grandchildren, “Grammy’s Little Angels,” Aubrey Cruz, Maveryk and Raina Gombos, Colten and Cara Holmes, Cole and Cade Lawrence, Emric and Kiana Brown, Brantley Carter, Kane Bernatchez, Gracie, Madden and Charlotte Lagasse; brothers, Al (Patty) Duguay and Joe (Gretchen) Duguay; and too many friends to count.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. July 9, 2022, at the Winslow VFW, 175 Veterans Drive, Winslow, Maine. All friends and family are welcome. We would love you to come and share your stories of Ma with us.

Arrangements are by Mid Maine Cremation Services (207)453-6006

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