AMBRÉ MARIE BILODEAU

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SKOWHEGAN -- Ambré Marie Bilodeau, of Skowhegan, passed from her mother's loving arms into the arms of her Savior on July 6, 2013 at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Ambré was surrounded by her father, her brother, Brett, and her loving family as she surrendered to the complications from an accidental choking incident on June 22.

Ambré was born on Nov. 1,1981, the firstborn to John W. and Juline Goulette Bilodeau. She was joined by her brother, Brett Michael, born on April 24,1984. As a child, Ambré enjoyed many interests, including Awana at Faith Baptist Church, Girl Scouts, dance lessons, soccer and running track. She also enjoyed camping with her cousin, Danielle Bess and fly fishing with her father at Pierce Pond.

At age 9, Ambré began her musical journey, enrolling in piano lessons with her beloved piano instructor Adele Gardner. Ambré pursued this path throughout her high school years performing at church, in many recitals, and music festivals. She has always stayed close to Mrs. Gardner, visiting her often. Ambré's final public appearances were at her senior recital at the Federated Church and at the Class of 2000 Final Assembly where she performed "First Arabesque" by C. Debussy. Ambré was an active member of the Skowhegan Area High School Class of 2000, participating in basketball, soccer, piano, student council and peer helpers. She graduated magna cum laude and was a member of the National Honors Society.

Ambré continued her academic path at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. She received a Bachelor of science in marine biology in 2004. During her senior year, she participated in a research project that was later published, "Using Quahogs, Mercenaria as a Marine Biomarker of Heavy Metals," by Frank Holland. She also traveled to Belize to study local marine life.

In December 2010, Ambré completed her studies in medical laboratory technology with honors at the University of Maine at Augusta. In May 2011, she received her ASCP Board Certification as a medical laboratory technologist.

In 2010 Ambré was diagnosed with cervical dystonia, an incurable, painful, movement disorder that causes involuntary muscle spasms. Ambré continued to persevere, despite this condition. She took up new interests in photography and making jewelry to express her creative side.

Ambré's first job was during her adolescent years waiting tables at Harrison's Pierce Pond Camps for dear family friends, Tim and Fran Harrison, during their busy seasons. She also worked briefly at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington and at the Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle as a medical lab technologist (MLT). However, complications from her cervical dystonia interfered with her ability to continue as an MLT. Most recently Ambré was employed by the Redington Memorial Home where she lovingly cared for the residents as a certified residential medication aide.

Ambré was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Wallace A. and Priscilla D. Bilodeau; her uncle Paul E. Bilodeau; and cousin Nicholas B. Gamage.

She is survived by her parents; her brother, Brett, and sister-in-law Jennifer; her maternal grandparents, Richard and Germaine Goulette; her aunts, Ann Gamage, Mary Callan (Richard), and Janelle Bess (Charles); her uncles, Peter Bilodeau (Doug Brotzman), and John Goulette (Shari); and her cousins, Danielle, Mackenzie, Hunter, Adria, Olivia, Maria, Kimberley and Mark. She will be missed by her little Bichon, Caspian.

The family would like to thank the EMTs and emergency room staff at Redington Fairview General Hospital and the critical care staff at Eastern Maine Medical Center that diligently cared for Ambré. A special thank-you is extended to Dr. Karl Sanzenbacher and to Dr. Alan Garber for their devoted care to Ambré and the family.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Skowhegan Area High School Auditorium at 61 Academy Circle in Skowhegan, with pastor James Simpson of The River Of Life Christian Fellowship presiding. A reception will follow the service in the adjacent school cafeteria. A burial service will follow the reception at East Cemetery on Oak Pond Road in Skowhegan.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, 1 East Wacker Drive, Suite 2810 Chicago, Ill 60601.

Funeral arrangements are being provided by Dan & Scott's Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan.

Published in Morning Sentinel on July 13, 2013
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