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Catherine M. Cyr

Date of Death: January 27, 2017

Date of Birth: February 22, 1945

Biography:

FREEPORT - Our mother, Catherine Mary Cyr , died Friday January 27th 2017 in Freeport Maine with her family by her side. She was born in Bangor Maine, February 22nd 1945 To Arthur and Edna Cyr. She was the youngest of 5 and the only sibling born at a hospital.

Mom was an interesting woman. We never knew what new thing she would come up with. Ever since we were little, Mom had a love for learning.She was always taking some class here or there. Among her favorites was cake decorating and wood working. She loved to make wedding cakes, and did so for all of our weddings, and for many of our friends and families. She was famous for her "fountains" . She always made us really neat homemade cakes for our birthdays, even though she had 3 kids, right in a row, and was always busy with her projects...she never missed an opportunity to make our birthday cakes. Mom always had some sort of project going at all times. Her house was full of started and often never finished projects. She loved to remodel homes, and her favorite place to shop was Home Depot. (where I jokingly but seriously always said " I swear, when you die I'm spreading your ashes at Home Depot')

She also went to Beauty School and opened up a couple hair salons in her homes. She was very well liked by her clients, and loved her job. She loved cutting hair, and whenever she saw long hair, you could almost watch her brain trying to figure out how to cut it. She loved to do her own hair, often cutting it herself, and it seemed always coloring it! I think Mom was every color there was at least once . Sometimes on purpose, and sometimes not.

She loved to give gifts that she made to her children and grandchildren. And put much thought into each one. She loved the beach, and the sun. She loved sitting by a fire with a glass of wine. She loved her little dog, Abby. She loved her mother, (who died only a few years ago at age 102) and loved to travel to Old Town to visit her and up until just a few years ago, bring her back to Bath to visit several times a year. Which leads me to her next and possibly biggest love....DRIVING .

oh, Mom loved to drive! Anywhere, anytime, for anything. She often would drive around just because she could.."Well, I have a full tank of gas, so I may as well use it!" There were times when I swear, she just drove around to watch the gas gage empty, so she could drive to a gas station to fill it again... yes, she loved driving.. .which made it all the more frustrating and sad when Alzheimer's took her away her independence.

Our mother died quietly. She spent her last several days heavily medicated, as Alzheimer's took away her ability to live. She once knew a lady, used to do her hair actually, who had Alzheimer's, and she would say to me "oh god, I hope I never get that. Shoot me if I do" Well, she did get it, and we watched her die a slow, agonizing death for the last several years from this horrible disease that takes away your reasoning, your memory, your body and your life. There is no peace in that. Mom always said she found my honesty difficult, but refreshing, so it wouldn't do her any justice to say she died peacefully. She died quietly, but not peacefully.

She is survived by her 3 children, (in birth order) Kristen, Keith and Julie, their spouses, 6 surviving grandchildren ( she survived the death of one of her grandchildren) and 5 great grandchildren. She will be lovingly remembered for her above mentioned joys, plus her joy of writing lists, her joy of singing, her fantastic lasagna, and her coffee squares.

There will be no services, and her children and their families will have a summer sprinkling of her ashes at one of her favorite places, the beach. (well, minus the handful that ends up at Home Depot ) we love you mom . xoxo

 

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