Enid (Sleeper) Corey


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Madawaska - Enid (Sleeper) Corey, 93, of Madawaska, Maine, passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, following a brief illness. She was surrounded by her seven children.
She was born in Caribou, ME on July 29, 1925, to Joseph and Alma Sleeper. Her early years were spent working side-by-side with her dad at Sleepers store in Caribou, ME. This instilled a love for business that would never subside. She married Robert Corey on August 20, 1951. Three years later with 2 ½ children in tow, they moved to Madawaska to pursue their dream of opening a business of their own. This is when Robert's Jewelry was established. Enid was truly Robert's partner, together they built a successful business. She held nothing back when it came to setting her kids on the "right path" and the whole family worked by their side. Hard work seemed to come easy to her and idle hands were unacceptable. She was completely devoted to raising children with strong work ethic and family values. She relished in their successes and they were her proudest accomplishment. With great enthusiasm, Enid embarked on her own business venture in 1978, opening a card and gift store called Hi, Ma's.
The traditions she created have left an indelible mark on this family. The fireworks every Fourth of July (ironically, her favorite holiday), the enormous family dinners, baking fresh picked gigantic berry pies, making bread with the grandchildren patiently kneading the dough and packing picnics for anyone traveling.
Enid was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Alma (Meelan) Sleeper; her loving husband of 67 years, Robert Corey; her sisters, Norma Merrill and Rosie Moses; her brother, Joseph Sleeper; and her precious grandson, Robert Foster.
She is survived by her seven children, Jeffery and wife Kathy of Winslow, ME, Jolene and husband James Cleland of Edmundston, NB, Jean and husband David Foster of Johns Island, SC, Jayne Johnston and her partner Randy Morrison of Bangor, ME, Robert and wife Sylvie Corey of Madawaska, ME, James and wife Amy Corey of Topsham, ME, Anne and husband Douglas Cyr of Madawaska, ME; her siblings, Mitchell and wife Florence Sleeper of Bangor, ME; Natalie Adamson of Franklin, MA; Nelson (Ike) Sleeper of Caribou, ME; Dottie and husband Mike Fitzgerald of New Sweden, ME; and sister-in-law Doris Sleeper; her 14 grandchildren Emily, Erin, Joseph, Billy, Leah, Maria, Amber, Corey, Jeffery, Sam, Alex, Emilia, James and Matthew; and six great-grandchildren, Lucas, Lydia, Cameron, Max, Claire and Owen.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Enid's memory on Monday, July 8 at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church (337 St. Thomas Street, Madawaska, ME). Friends and family may call at 8:30 a.m. until time of service at Lajoie Funeral Home (114-10th Avenue Madawaska, ME). Interment will follow at St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Madawaska, St. Joseph's Church in Sinclair, ME, or Northern Light Hospice. For online condolences, please visit www.lajoie funeralhome.com
Published on July 5, 2019
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Pauline Goode
Jul 10, 2019
I worked with both Mr. & Mrs Corey over 65 years ago and loved these two people very much. Sorry about your loss.
God must have needed another angel!
Gloria Daigle and family
Jul 09, 2019
Enid was a dear neighbor to us. We extend our deepest sympathy to the Corey family. She will be fondly remembered and missed by all who knew her.
Rick Vaillancourt & Georgette Michaud
Jul 06, 2019
Our deepest condolences to the Corey family. Mrs. Corey was such a friendly lady and business woman who always had a smile for her customers. Enid will be missed, she was an icon of her community.!!