RUMFORD – Joan Plourd Blier, 83, formerly of Farmington, Gorham and Van Buren, died peacefully Wednesday morning, March 12, 2008, with her two daughters by her side, at Rumford Community Hospital. She was born June 12, 1924, in Van Buren, a daughter of Joseph and Anna (Corbin) Plourd. Mrs. Blier worked as an office clerk for most of her career. She and her husband, Joe, enjoyed their retirement years in Lake Wales, Fla., until his death in 2000, after 57 years of marriage. She loved flower gardening and enjoyed being able to garden year-round in Florida. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, crafts, puzzles, reading, watching romantic movies and her soap operas, convertible rides, cuddling with her cats and spoiling her dog. Her family was the most important part of her life and her grandchildren were the apple of her eye. She never forgot anyone’s birthday or anniversary. The family would like to thank Dr. Ledesma and the nurses at Rumford Community Hospital for their loving care and concern. She is survived by her daughters, Ann Marie Owens and her husband, Bud, of Westbrook and Gloria Maltz and her husband, Jonathan, of Rumford Center; two sons, John Blier and his wife, Carole, of Wells and Winter Haven, Fla., and Michael Blier and his wife, Linda, of Grovetown, Ga.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Blier Jr., Dec. 27, 2000. A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, at St. Joseph’s Church, Middle Street, Farmington. A family reception will be held after the Mass at the parish hall. Interment will be in the spring at St. Bruno’s Cemetery, Van Buren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the American Lung Association, Maine Affiliate Inc., 122 State St., Augusta, ME 04330 or an animal shelter of one’s choice. Cremation and memorial services are being cared for and provided by Wiles Funeral Home, Cremation Service, and Remembrance Center, 137 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington. Condolences may be sent to the family at