Cecile G. Pelletier, who cheered, mothered, and loved Bowdoin students for 32 years as the “soup lady” in the dining hall, died on December 11, 2010, in Brunswick, Maine.
She was born in Lisbon on January 6, 1922, and spent her childhood on a farm, attending school in Lisbon and Brunswick. She married Alcide Pelletier in 1941. She worked at the Verney Mill in Brunswick in the spinning and weave rooms and as a stitcher at Standard Romper (Healthtex) and Maine Shoe Co. But her most beloved job was working in the dining hall. The greeter and second mother to generations of Bowdoin students, she was so popular that several students mentioned her in their graduation speeches. When she retired, she was named an honorary member of the Bowdoin Alumni Association. She is survived by a daughter, Rita Pelletier Worthing ’77; a son, George Pelletier; and four grandchildren, including Katherine G. Worthing ’01 and Eric N. Worthing ’05. She was predeceased by Alcide Pelletier, her husband of 34 years; two brothers, Roland and Robert Bernier; and two sisters, Germaine Paiement and Theresa Deemer.