Waite - Ida Mae (Thornton) Renaud, 86, passed away Easter Sunday, April 16 at EMMC in Bangor from complications of a severe stroke. Ida was born in Calais, Maine on her father's birthday (Dec. 22, 1930), daughter of Verne and Leona (Eagan) Thornton.

After graduating from Lee Academy in 1947, she taught school in Waite. In 1948 she married the love of her life, Norman P. Renaud, who predeceased her in 1975. Two young sons (9 and 13) and a 7 month old granddaughter were the motivating forces for her to pick up the pieces and move forward. Ida, previously a homemaker while raising their four children, started working as an aide at Princeton Elementary School in February 1975. She later became an Ed Tech in Special Education there; a job she truly loved as she had a unique talent in helping those with learning disabilities achieve to the best of the their ability. She also for several years transported Talmadge students to Princeton. She worked summers at various jobs, secretary spare at GP, a cashier at Bunkers' Market in Topsfield, Topsfield Mobile, Princeton Irving, Princeton A&G and a caretaker of camps in the Tomah Stream area. She retired from being an Ed Tech in 1999. She assumed care of her dad during his final days.

Ida was afflicted to great extent by RA, but did not let that disease define her. She had many challenges in life and endured much, but always managed to keep a smile on her face and reminded us all that there were people far worse off than she. She truly was a very independent and strong person with a deep compassion for others. Ida enjoyed working outside in her flower gardens when able, enjoyed cooking up a storm of food to give away to friends or relatives, and viewing wildlife out of her windows. Evenings, she liked to do Sodukos and crytoquips, as well as read and chat on the phone with dear friends. She also kept up on the news and enjoyed sharing her political opinions. (Of course, there have been many this year!).

Ida was predeceased by her grandparents, Daniel and Alwilda (Bryant) Eagan and George and Wilhelmina (Bailey) Thornton, her parents Verne and Leona, husband Norman, son Ronald (Alexander), brother James (Baileyville), sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws Elizabeth and Carl Ripley and Margaret and Donnie Phelps (Waite), Alice and Marshall Kinney (Franklin), and Edward Renaud (Waite/Eastport) and by a special niece Rosalie (Renaud) Ouimette of Peabody.

Surviving are her sister Margaret and brother-in-law Lee Phelps (Princeton), sister-in-law Charlotte Renaud (Eastport), daughter Bonnie Tibbetts and husband Bob, son Richard and wife Marilyn and son Robert, all of Waite and a daughter-in-law Linda Renaud of Leesburg, Florida. 

She is survived by 9 grandchildren, Bobbie Baisley and husband Craig of Charlotte, NC, Pete Mercier and wife Brooke of South Princeton, Michelle Renaud of Calais, Randy Renaud of Brunswick, Terry Tibbetts of Bangor, Denise Renaud and fiance David Bechtel of Poland, John Renaud and fiance Latisha of South Princeton, Elisha Renaud and fiance Jason Johnson of Baileyville, Nicole Mahoney and husband Ryan of Lincoln, all of who have fond memories of the many many holiday cakes she created for them over the years. (Nana was a wonderful cook!).

She had 8 cherished great-grandchildren, who deeply loved their Nana and brought many smiles and laughs from her even during visits to EMMC, where she remained for 35 days, Macryn, Nathanael, and Michael Mercier of South Princeton, Dean Mahoney of Lincoln, Zane and Remington Renaud of South Princeton, Luciano Baisley of Charlotte, NC and Hunter Johnson of Baileyville.

She had many nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly, including the ones who visited and/or called often during her long hospital stay, nephew Carl (Junior) Ripley and wife April of Stetson, nephew Randy Ripley and Terry Rideout of Waite, nephew Bobby Phelps and wife Betty of Topsfield, nephews Alvah Phelps and Glen Phelps and wife Linda of Princeton, nieces Greta Renaud of Eastport, Velma Brown of St. Petersburg, FL, and Marion (Kinney) Rice of Baileyville and of course Dee Dee Phelps of Baileyville who was always a special niece being close to the ages of Ida's granddaughter and her sister Dawn (Phelps) Martin and husband Richard who spent much time at the Renaud house through the years and was certainly more than just a niece to both Aunt Ida and Uncle Norman. 

Thanks to the many who kept check on her Facebook and Twitter. She truly loved you all! Ida is also survived by a very special cousin, Elgin McGaw and wife Kathy of Baileyville. Ida leaves behind very much loved "phone friends" including special in-law relative Rose Bean of Lee, Joanne Speed, Bea Bailey and Penny Braley of Prniceton and Rita Kronenberger of Middletown, CT.

She leaves behind many special friends, both present and former staff members at Princeton Elementary School, and many other friends and relatives, too numerous to name, but she loved you all! She was predeceased by three very special friends Ethel Smith (Princeton), Joanne Seavey (Princeton/Baileyville), and Marion Calligan (Grand Lake Stream).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to P.A.W.S. in Calais or a charity of choice.  Arrangements by Down East Direct Cremation.

A celebration of life and a graveside service will be held at a later date.



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