ST. ALBANS — Lucille Bertha Messier Wells Jarvis was called home to her Lord on May 18, 2015. Lu lived a very full and active life. Born May 7, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Edward Messier and Bertha Sorrell Messier Pelkey.
Lucille was known to many as: Lu, mom, gramma, meme, sister, sister-in-law, aunt and friend. In 1942, Lucille married Clifford Wells and together they had three children.
Lucille worked at the St. Albans Hospital for several years as a nurse’s aide and when offered the opportunity to further her education, took full advantage of it and received her LPN. Earning her LPN was one of her proudest accomplishments.
After the death of her husband, Clifford in 1963, she concentrated on working and supporting her family. In 1965, she ran into a gentleman, she had known when she was around 18 years old and they discovered they had a lot in common and the rest as they say “is history”. On Oct. 1, 1966, Lu married Victor A. Jarvis and added two more children to the family. Lu and Vic spent 34 fun filled years together until his death in 2000.
They enjoyed many years at their camp in Bakersfield. Snowmobiling in the winter and family get-togethers ever weekend during the rest of the year. They loved to go dancing, play cards with family and friends and were always up for a good game of “Aggravation”. After their retirement they spent 23 years in Zephyrhills, Fla., during the winter. Together they always said, “They had the best of both worlds”.
Lu was a multi-talented lady. She loved to sew for family and friends, knit (she made hats for the newborns at NMC), crochet, paint, bird watch and design quilts. She designed and hand quilted numerous works of art receiving numerous blue ribbons for her works. Those quilts will keep us warm until we see you again. While in Florida, she taught others this amazing craft of “hand quilting”. No machine stitches for her!
After the death of Vic in 2000, Lu kept busy with friends and family and started volunteering. For several years she donated her time to the St. Albans City School clipping Campbell soup labels to earn free computers, etc. for the school. She was nicknamed the “Campbell’s Soup Lady”. Lu also volunteered at the Franklin County Museum and was a volunteer at the Northwestern Medical Center. She was also instrumental in starting a Home Dem Group in the East Fairfield area as well as being a 4-H Leader.
Lu was a fantastic cook and holidays were always made special with her culinary delights. The holidays weren’t complete unless all her family gathered to share the love of food and each other.
Lu leaves five children: Donald Wells and his wife, Nancy, of St. Albans, Richard Wells and his wife, Nancy, of New Gloucester, Maine, Jan Wells of St. Albans, Clark Jarvis and his wife, Cathy, of Gray, Maine and Brent Jarvis of Colchester. She also leaves 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, a brother, Louis “Sammy” Messier of Fairfield, a half-sister, Pauline Millette of Alburgh, a brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Jeannette Jarvis of St. Albans as well as numerous nieces, nephews and close friends.
Lu was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Messier in 1996, son-in-law, Stan in 2012 and a daughter-in-law, Lana in 2014.
The family would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Terri Nielson for many years of wonderful care you gave our mother. Also to NMC, St. Albans Rehab, Home Health and Hospice and especially Homestead. We could not have chosen a better place for our loved one to spend the last trek of her journey home.
Also, to all those who came to visit and share a laugh on her 94th birthday. To see her room filled with such love from all those who came will never be forgotten. It was a true testament to all the lives that our beloved mother touched over her 94 years.
Mom it’s time for you to “Go rest high on that mountain, your work on earth is done”.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 12 Noon at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street.
A funeral service will be held at Noon in the Heald Chapel with the Reverend Mr. Gabriel Gagne, Deacon at St. Mary’s Parish officiating. Interment will follow in the family lot in Mount Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Lu’s name to your favorite charity. Messages of condolence to Lu’s family are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.