Claire C. Morin, 81, of Springvale passed away after a period of declining health on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at The Lodges Care Center in Springvale. Her daughter, Donna and son in law, David as well as special niece, Lorraine were by her side as she drew her last breath.\nShe was born on December 2, 1940, the youngest of six children to Honorat and Regina (Miclette) Cote in Sanford where she grew up and attended local schools.\nClaire was a homemaker and in her earlier years, worked at Brooks Woolen and Romac Orchard's warehouse. Following Ray's retirement from the navy yard, they worked at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport and then they especially enjoyed working summers at Lafayette's Ocean Front Resort in Wells.\nClaire's husband Raymond was the light of her life and they shared nearly 57 years of marriage until his passing in 2016.\nFor years Claire and Ray spent winters in Myrtle Beach and enjoyed summers in Maine. They eventually retired to Myrtle Beach for 11 years before returning to Maine in 2015.\nThe couple enjoyed traveling and throughout the years vacationed in Hawaii, Aruba and Bermuda.\nClaire enjoyed family gatherings, playing cards, cribbage, going to the beach and attending Sanford Mainer Baseball games. When it came to food, she made sure everyone had enough to eat and then some!\nShe was very close to her sister Bertha. They enjoyed spending mornings together with the McDonald's Gang followed by a walk at Number One Pond.\nShe was a devout Catholic and attended Mass until the pandemic and her decline in health prevented her from returning.\nClaire was a very kind, gentle and affectionate person who had a special way of connecting with people. She was very proud of all her grandchildren and always looked forward to seeing the great-grandchildren at family gatherings.\nShe is predeceased by her beloved husband and soulmate Raymond Morin, brothers Roger Cote, Robert Cote and sister Theresa Cloutier.\nSurvivors include her daughter Donna Ouellette and her husband David, of Sanford, twin grandsons Jacob Ouellette of Springvale and Joshua Ouellette and his wife Sarah, along with their daughter Sadie of Sanford, grandson Kevin Ouellette his wife Erin, along with their children Alexander and Natalie, of Topsham, granddaughter Heidi Gilpatric and her husband Jason, along with their children Abigail and Liam, of Kennebunk, sisters Bertha Lemieux of Sanford and Gertrude Landry and her husband Ray of Beaufort, SC, brother in law Paul Morin of Kennebunk and many nieces, nephews and cousins.\nA Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Therese of Lisieux Holy Family Church, 66 North Ave. Sanford with a burial at Southern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery immediately following. In lieu of a wake, the family will be at the church at 10:00 A.M. to exchange greetings.\nThe family would like to thank the staff at The Lodges Care Center and Compassus Hospice for the wonderful care and support of Claire. Also, a special thank you to Claire's niece and godchild, Lorraine Lemieux for the enormous help and love given in these past couple of years.\nThose planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a donation to The Lodges Care Center activities fund at 51 Main St., Springvale, ME 04083.\nArrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale.\nTo leave a message of condolence click on Claire's Tribute Page.