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GAIL MARIE LEVESQUE
ALASKA - Longtime Alaska resident Gail Marie Levesque, 65, died on December 12, 2003 in Anchorage, Alaska, surrounded by her family and loved ones, following a long, extended illness.

Gail was born in Dexter, Maine October 28, 1938 and was employed as a secretary with the Dexter Shoe Company, with the State of Maine Department of Human Resources, and, immediately prior to her arrival in Alaska in May of 1965, as secretary to the Chief of Police in Augusta, Maine. In June of 1965, Gail began work with the City of Anchorage in the Municipal Attorney’s office, where she was employed for 26 years, and retired as the secretary to the Municipal Attorney in January of 1991.

Gail was deeply dedicated to volunteer and social activities throughout her time in Alaska. She was a past member and President of the Mount McKinley Lions Club Auxiliary, a member of Beta Sigma Phi, as well as the first President of the Alaska Right to Life Organization at its forming in the 1960s. In addition, she had been an active member of the Alaska League of Women Voters. Later in life, she was extensively involved with the Alaskan Youth for Understanding program, which sought to further education and cultural understanding through student foreign exchange programs. Throughout all of this, she maintained an enthusiastic love for gardening, and served this through her ongoing involvement in the Alaska Rose Society.

In addition to her many social and volunteer activities, Mrs. Levesque raised and nurtured an extensive family. She always found great joy in spending time with her children and grandchildren, as well as her husband, and fully and unconditionally devoted herself to them. She was generous, sharp-witted, and rich in family and friends. She will always be remembered by those blessed with knowing her for her ability to open her heart to all who sought her assistance, her loving smile and her words of comfort and kindness to the people touched by her life.

Throughout her years in Alaska, Gail enjoyed weekend excursions to the Levesque family cabin in Willow, where she spent many days surrounded by family and friends. She possessed a passion for traveling, a keen intellect, and a love for animals of all shapes and sizes. Following her retirement, Gail discovered great joy through her involvement in local performing arts, where she spent a great deal of time acting as unofficial “stage mother,” seeing to the needs of the numerous people involved in the many productions she was part of. She enjoyed growing roses with her husband Norm, and together they played host to hundreds of people each year as they opened their gardens to the public.

Gail is survived by her husband Norman of 42 years; her daughter Joyce Sheppard and husband Ernie, daughter Michelle Phillips and husband Bob, son Marc Levesque and wife Kimberly, daughter Brigit Levesque, son Shane Levesque, daughter Brenda Levesque, son Joseph Levesque and wife Ute, and son Kevin Levesque and wife Cindi, as well as nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; her sister Patricia Prescott and husband John of Kennebunkport, Maine; her brother Roger Rabideau of Danforth, Maine; her aunts Muriel Fortier of Winthrop, Maine and Joyce Violette of Chicago, Illinois; her cousin Annette Hathaway and husband Russ of Anchorage, and many nieces, nephews and cousins throughout the United States and Canada. She was preceded in death by her mother Eva Marie Rabideau, her father, Anthony Rabideau, and her brother Wayne Rabideau.

A mass will be held at Sacred Heart Parish in Wasilla, Alaska on Thursday, December 18, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. After the service will be a celebration of life, followed by a reception. Flowers may be sent to Valley Fuenral Home in Wasilla. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Resource Agency of Alaska, 1750 Abbott Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99507. Arrangements are with Valley Funeral Home & Crematory in Wasilla.

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