Bernadeen Foley

November 23, 2009


Bernadeen Foley passed away at the age of 93, on November 23, 2009, at Mineral Springs of North Conway. She was a resident there for a short time, while she received skilled nursing care and rehabilitative services.

Bernadeen was born January 9, 1916 in Fort Kent, Maine, where she grew up. In 1936, she graduated from the teacher training program at MTS in Fort Kent. She always loved being around children, and she enjoyed the years in which she taught in local elementary schools. During that time, she married Lionel Daigle and her daughter Frances was born. In the early 1940's, they moved Hallowell, Maine, where she worked as a "Rosie-the Riveter" at Bath Iron Works.

In 1950, she and her second husband, Lloyd.B. Dunne, returned to Fort Kent where they established and operated Princess Kent Inc. for 20 years. They eventually employed 70 American and Canadian women who manufactured children's nightwear. Bernadeen was the factory manager and designer. Her hand embroidered designs made their products unique. Their hard working employees greatly contributed to the success of their business. The Dunne's participated in local and statewide politics. They actively supported local social service agencies that provided assistance for children and other local people.

In 1970, she married Jeff Foley, and moved to Intervale, New Hampshire. Together they began the development of Skyline Drive. She continued her commitment to community service by volunteering at the Gibson Center etc. She remained in good health by swimming daily, attending exercise classes, cross country skiing and especially-by working in her flower gardens. For many years, she and seven women friends comprised the "Tuesday Afternoon Bridge Club."

She was predeceased by her husbands; her beloved sister, Genevieve Bouchard, and her brothers Clarence and Herman Jalbert. She is survived by her daughter, Frances Dunne Duffy of Kearsarge, NH.; her dear sisters-in law, May Jalbert of Fort Kent, and R

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