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August 4, 1940 ~ December 17, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Andrea Lucille Garreau, affectionately known as Ann to her friends and family, passed away on December 17, 2023, in Riverside, California. Born on August 4, 1940, in Biddeford, Maine, Ann's life was a vibrant journey that spanned 83 years of love, laughter, and very spirited adventure!
Ann's early years in the close-knit community of Biddeford instilled in her a sense of resilience and camaraderie, which she carried throughout her life. She moved to Maryland where her two children were born, and shortly after her daughter was born in 1962 she moved to California. She had lived in Orgeon, but she returned to sunny California where she would reside until her death.
Her youthful spirit was matched by her dedication to her work. Ann began her career in a factory, where she was known for her strong work ethic and friendly demeanor. Later, she found her true calling as a waitress, a role that allowed her to connect with people from all walks of life. Ann's love for her customers was evident in her warm smile and the attentive care she provided. She was loved by every patron she served.
In her personal life, Ann was the loving matriarch of a family that meant the world to her. Though she was predeceased by her cherished son, Cliff Bolduc, and her beloved grandson, Richard, as well as her parents, Simone and André, Ann's legacy lives on through her daughter, Lynn. She is also survived by her brothers, Roland, Anthony, and Danny. Her granddaughters, Elizabeth, Laura, Tiffany, Heather, Dakota, and her great-grandchildren, will forever hold dear the memories and lessons imparted by their spirited grandmother.
Ann's zest for life extended beyond her family and work. She was a woman of many interests, with a particular fondness for the simple pleasure of having coffee at diners, where she could often be found sharing stories and laughter with friends. In her younger years she could occasionally be found singing vocals in her fathers band, who she was particularly close to, “The Rhythmeers.” Ann's adventurous spirit shone brightly when she played the slots, always hopeful and excited for the next big win. Her love for travel took her to Bull City, Arizona, a place she held close to her heart for its vibrant community and scenic beauty.
One of the most treasured aspects of Ann's life was in 1997 when she took a bus cross country from California to Tennessee to be reunited with her daughter. Some of Ann’s other memorable moments was her companionship with her very special friend, Jim Shay. Together, they shared countless moments of joy and companionship, enriching each other's lives immeasurably. Ann also cherished the conversations with her daughter, who lives in Wyoming, maintaining a bond that distance could never weaken. Their very special visit in June of 2020 was treasured by Ann and it was a visit that leaves her daughter with very fond memories.
Those who knew Ann would describe her as the life of the party, a woman whose humor and infectious laughter could light up a room. Her adventurous nature was a beacon for those around her, inspiring others to embrace life with the same fervor. Ann's presence was a gift to all who had the pleasure of knowing her, and her memory will continue to inspire laughter and courage in the hearts of her loved ones, and especially her daughter Lynn.
As we say goodbye to Andrea Lucille Garreau, we celebrate a life lived to the fullest. Ann's story is one of unwavering spirit, boundless humor, and an enduring love for her family and friends. Her legacy will be cherished and remembered by all who were fortunate enough to cross paths with her on this incredible journey.
Her life was a testament to the power of joy, the strength of family, and the beauty of friendship. Ann's laughter, warmth, and adventurous soul will be deeply missed but never forgotten.