Priscilla Gagne Lester


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Priscilla Gagne Lester
September 20, 1949
January 18, 2020



Priscilla “Tula” Lester (née Gagné), 70, of South Portland passed away on January 18, 2020 at Maine Medical Center with family by her side.

Born in Portland, Maine to Roland and Marion (Kenney) Gagné, Tula grew up in South Portland where she attended schools and graduated class of ‘68. She continued on to graduate from Plus Gray Business School in 1970. For much of her life she worked for various medical institutions in many capacities including dental offices, optometry, and Mercy Hospital. She would later teach medical administrative classes for Portland Adult Education. Many of Tula’s closest friendships were formed during these years as everyone she met found her to be warm, friendly, and charismatic.

Tula found great joy in her family. She married John L. Lester Sr. in 1972, settled in South Portland, and started their family a few years later. Together they had 4 children whom they loved and adored very much. As a family they enjoyed group camping trips, game nights, and fireworks. Tula and John looked forward to their amateur firework display every Fourth of July.

Tula is predeceased by her husband John of 45 years, parents, and son, Joseph G. Lester.

Tula is survived by her children John L Lester Jr. and his wife Heiderose (grandchildren Thomasina and Rowena), Justin C Lester and his wife Zoë, and Johannah J Lester and her fiancee Aaron Vail. She is also survived by brother Roland D. Gagne and his wife Alice, and sister Cheryl G Profenno and husband Samuel and many other loved extended family members.

A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, January 22, 2019 4-7pm at 11 Riverplace Dr South Portland, ME 04106 in the Clubhouse.


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