CUMBERLAND FORESIDE/ROQUE BLUFFS – Jean Gaudet Lombard, daughter of Edwin and Teresa (McDonnell) Gaudet, was a loving, giving, truly gifted person and educator. She graduated from Madison College. Though she never experienced motherhood, Miss Gaudet, as she was known during her tenure, was a mentor mother to thousands of students during her 32-year professional career. Her roles varied at the diverse Potomac High School in Virginia, from which she eventually retired, where school families faced many socio-economic challenges, and where Miss Gaudet invested many personal hours to help students succeed in class and become successful in life.

Miss Gaudet was among the first arriving to school and the last to leave every day of her career. She would tutor students struggling in class, help them locate study materials for research projects, or simply help front office staff make phone calls to secure substitute teachers so every class was covered each day. She conducted SAT testing prep classes, was advisor to the senior class and, in conjunction with guidance staff, helped monitor those at-risk of not meeting graduation requirements. Miss Gaudet also coordinated graduation ceremonies to include assisting valedictorian and salutatorian candidates with speech preparations and the presentation of diplomas. In addition to serving as school librarian and gifted education teacher, Jean also chaired the school’s planning council responsible for establishing and implementing educational and budgetary long- and short-term goals. In 1998, the very fitting honor, “Teacher-of-the-Year” was bestowed upon her.

Dec. 19, 2009, Miss Gaudet became Mrs. Jean Lombard, when she married the late (2017) Gary Lombard. Together they spent time in both Roque Bluffs and Cumberland Foreside. Jean was a member of St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church.

She leaves behind a special sister-in-law, Susan Lombard, brothers-in-law, Brad, Larry and John Lombard.

Barry Lombard predeceased her.

Above all her professional responsibilities, Jean was an amazing and brilliant woman. She was devoted to her church, its outreach programs, and especially enjoyed singing in the choir, performing in many holiday concerts. She was a selfless and generous friend to all who knew and loved her. She was a secret benefactor to family, friends and students in crisis. Her generosity and friendship were truly blessings to all who knew and loved her.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Machias, where online condolences may be shared:

Contributions may be made in Jean’s memory to:

Porter Memorial Library

92 Court St.

Machias, ME 04654

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