FORT KENT – Winnie (Dubois) Desjardins, 77, born to Amelia Thibodeau and Steven Dubois on Aug. 15, 1927, in Fort Kent, was welcomed home by our Lord Jan. 8, 2005. She left our world as she entered it, with a whisper and a smile. She knew her life would be changed forever when on a special day in Fort Kent she met the man she would later spend the rest of her life with. For when she saw that handsome Marine in his dress uniform enter the VFW, she knew she had met her soul mate. She was smitten with Louis Desjardins and they married on June 14, 1949. This was the beginning of her life as Winnie knew it, for all she was is reflected by her family and she gave them her heart and soul. She will be dearly missed by her husband, Louis of Fort Kent; Bonnie Desjardins and fianc?, Duane Belanger, of Fort Kent, Judy and Rick Dostie of Warren, Diane and David Rossignol of Winslow, Elaine and John Burns of Oakland, and Steve and Helen Desjardins of Biddeford. Winnie was blessed with many grandchildren which she cherished and loved very much, and in return they have known the true love of a grandmother that will endear forever. Her beloved grandchildren are, Rudy Rioux and his wife, Brigitte, of New Canada, Corey Rioux and his wife, Andrea, of Fort Kent, Melanie Rossignol and her fianc?, Dan, of Winslow, Nathan Rossignol and his fianc?e, Carly, of Winslow, Michael Dostie of Warren, Ashley Coyoutte and Britney Burns of Oakland, Olivia and Audrey Desjardins of Biddeford. Winnie’s endearing smile graced the hearts of her ever precious great-grandchildren. Winnie never tired of “doting” on her precious little angels, and they are, Mitchell and Jessyca Rioux of New Canada, Shantelle, Devin and Elijah Rioux of Fort Kent, Katlin, Cameron, and Emma Rossignol of Winslow; many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sister, Natilie Doucette; her dear brother, Gilman Dubois and his wife, Mildred, both residing in Connecticut. She is predeceased by six sisters, Gertie Dube, Lottie Doceral, Fannie Thibodeau, Emily Michaud, Aurore Voisine, Gilmay Pacyna. Winnie was employed by Northern Maine Medical Center of Fort Kent for 18 years until her retirement. She was a member of the Ladies of St. Ann of Fort Kent. Winnie loved life and it was apparent to all who had the awesome privilege of knowing her. In the summer she enjoyed working in the garden that Louis had planted in the spring. She also took great pride in her beautiful flowers, usually given to her by her daughter Judy, who grew them in her own flower garden. In the winter she spent time crocheting coat hangers for her children and grandchildren. The greatest gift that Winnie had was the heart of a servant. She volunteered at the Good Shepard for several years, but serving her children was the thing that truly brought her joy and fulfillment. Not a chore or painting project went undone when Winnie was around. Her laughter, encouraging words, especially her favorite saying “toujours!”, her helping hands and giving spirit were the crown of her life and will be missed greatly by her loving husband, children and their spouses, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, and 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, until time of services at the Daigle & Nadeau Funeral Home, Fort Kent. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the St. Louis Catholic Church, Fort Kent, with the Rev. Claude Gendreau officiating. Spring burial will be held in the parish cemetery on May 18, 2005. Those who wish may donate in her memory to the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund, 194 East Main St., Fort Kent, ME 04743. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.