Nellie J. Valente

June 29, 1927
- March 23, 2008

MILO - Nellie J. Valente, 80, wife of Louis P. Valente, died March 23, 2008, at home. Nellie was born June 29, 1927, in Gardiner, the daughter of Bion and Nellie (Lord) Jose. She graduated from Milo High School, Class of 1945. She went on to graduate from Vesper-George Art School, Boston. She then moved back to Maine where she graduated as a registered nurse from Eastern Maine General Hospital and started her career there. She continued on in nursing as director of nurses at Milo Community Hospital. While working as a nurse, she taught adult education classes at Penobscot Valley High School in nurses aid. She then retired from nursing at age 65 from Community Health and Counseling Services. While working as a nurse she also completed her masters in professional studies from Unity College. She was an avid member of the Mayflower descendants. She had a passion for researching her genealogy. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially at Schoodic Lake doing puzzles. She also loved doing numerous crafts with her grandchildren. She and her husband's love for traveling took them to all corners of the U.S. She spent many hours working on quilts for her family, taking care of her plants, fill-in books, and her most recent addiction, suduko puzzles. Whenever her family needed her she was always there. She always put others before herself. She is survived by her husband of almost 50 years, Lou of Milo; a son, Greg Jose and his wife, Esther, of Mexico; two daughters, Linda (Valente) Sickler and her husband, Danny, of Brownville Junction and Laurie Valente of Las Vegas; four grandchildren, who lovingly called her "Nana," Arielle Sickler and her fiance, Patrick Dillon, of Bangor, Thomas Valente of Las Vegas, DJ Sickler and his wife, Billie Jo, of Glenburn, and Wade Sickler of Brownville Junction; two great-grandchildren, Raymond Sickler and Faith Sickler; two brothers, Allan Jose of Virginia, Bion Jose and his wife, Irene, of Caribou; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Norman "Bud" Jose. At Nellie's request a celebration of her life will be held 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at American Legion Hall, Milo. Memorial contributions may be made to Three Rivers Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 218, Milo, ME 04463. Arrangements are in the care of Lary Funeral Home. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at God saw you getting tired, and a cure was not to be. So he wrapped His arms around you and whispered, "Come with me." Author unknown

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