Joan Hodgkins

Joan E. Hodgkins (Bassett)

Friday, March 17th, 1933 - Monday, March 11th, 2019
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Lewiston – Joan E. (Bassett) Hodgkins, 85, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, March 11th after a long battle with vascular dementia. She was born March 17, 1933 in Easton, Massachusetts, the daughter of Emmett D. Bassett and Daisy (Skerry) Bassett. She was raised with her 5 siblings and educated in the school of Brockton, MA, graduating in 1952. Joan married Earl A. Hodgkins in 1952. They have a beloved daughter, Elaine Hodgkins Fitzgerald. Joan was a talented pianist and writer. She loved working with children in Sunday school, youth groups and Bible clubs. Her heart was kind and her doors and kitchen were always open to whomever might need support, encouragement or nourishment of the mind and body. Through the years she worked in many jobs such as telephone operator, postal clerk, secretary, census taker, and waitress at her family lodge in Bethlehem, NH. Her many gifts contributed to her favorite role as a pastor’s wife in Westfield, Maine, Argyle, NY, Auburn, Maine and Truro, Nova Scotia. She enjoyed crafting, cooking and sewing. After her husband’s retirement from the ministry she worked along-side him to establish Community Chaplain Service of Canada in New Brunswick, Canada. Joan had a mischievous spirit and a grand sense of humor that endeared her to many. Her passion for serving others, along with her strong faith continued until the end of her life. The delights of her life were her grandchildren, Jillian Fitzgerald Chretien and Robert “BJ” Fitzgerald. She loved planning adventures for them, outings and attending their sporting events. Her heart opened wider for the addition of 7 great-grandchildren who brought her greatest joy. Through the years, she became the “adoptive” mother and grandmother for many others. Joan was predeceased by all her parents, her husband of 60 years, Rev. Earl A. Hodgkins in 2013, siblings, Kingsley Bassett, Duane Bassett, James Bassett, Kathleen Bassett Pratt, MaryEllen Bassett Woodman, several special sister and brother-in-laws and a dear nephew, Robert Woodman. Joan leaves behind her daughter and son, Elaine Hodgkins Fitzgerald and Robert P. Fitzgerald, Sr. of Jay; granddaughter and husband, Jillian Fitzgerald Chretien and Mark, Turner, Maine; her grandson and wife, Robert “BJ” Fitzgerald, Jr. and Hillary of York, Maine; great-grandchildren, Cole, Aquinnah and Lauren Chretien and Noah, Maddigan, Benjamin and Ellie Fitzgerald, as well as her special nieces and nephew. The family would like to thank Rev. Dan and Betsy Delavan and Rev. Brian and Caryl Demers for their faithfulness and love. In addition thanks are offered to Beacon Hospice Care, especially, Alex, Kaitlyn and Steve, and the staff at The Woodlands Memory Care Center in Lewiston. Messages of condolence may be sent to:

Joan E. (Bassett) Hodgkins, 85, formerly of Livermore Falls, Maine. Funeral services will be held 1PM, Friday, March 15th at FINLEY FUNERAL HOME, 15 Church Street, Livermore Falls, Maine. Visitation will be 4-7, Thursday, March 14th at the funeral home. Private family interment in the spring at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 980 Turner Street, Auburn, Maine. In lieu of flowers, the family would encourage remembrances made to: The Community Chaplain Service of Canada, PO Box 2481, Saint John, NB, E2L 3V9 or The Western Maine Play Museum, P.O. BOX 1161, Wilton, Maine 04294
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 14th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, March 14th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Finley Funeral Home
    15 Church Street
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  • Service

    Friday, March 15th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Friday, March 15th, 2019 1:00pm
    Finley Funeral Home
    15 Church Street
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  • Interment

    Gracelawn Memorial Park
    980 Turner Street
    AUBURN, ME 04210
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    Private family interment in the spring


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Theresa Blais

Posted at 09:12am
Elaine and Family, So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Theresa Blais

Elaine Fitzgerald Posted at 09:50am

Many thanks, Theresa!

Bart & Patricia Macumbewr

Posted at 09:32pm
Bart & Patricia Macumber Have appreciated so much, the wonderful times of fellowship with Joan & Earl, the joy, encouragement they gave to us and especially Joan's wit and wisdom. Joan had great talents that she used for the Lord over the years and she is now at rest with her Saviour that both she and Earl served for so many years. Patricia and I are sorry we can not make it down to Maine for the service. Our prayers are with you during these days. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." Psalm 116:15

Elaine Fitzgerald Posted at 09:50am

Many thanks, Bart and Pat, for the years of enduring friendship!

CCS Canada Board of Directors

Posted at 08:27pm
What a privilege to know , work and serve with Joan for so many years. What a treasure and faithful servant. A life well lived!
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Robbie Robertson

Posted at 09:04pm
We thank the Lord for Earl and Joan. We enjoyed special times of fellowship when we stayed with them on White Head Island, New Brunswick. May the God of all comfort draw you close to Himself. Robbie, Akiko and Hannah Robertson

Elaine Fitzgerald Posted at 09:52am

My parents certainly counted you among their dearest friends and prayed for you and your family through your years of service to the Lord. Thank you for your kind remembrance.

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