BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- At the Bangor International Airport, the Maine Troop Greeters are more than acquainted with saying "welcome home." But on Thursday, they were saying goodbye to one of their own.
Joan Gaudet passed away Wednesday at the age of 81. She was one of the earliest members of the Maine Troop Greeters, joining in the early 1990's. Joan's story as a Troop Greeter was shown to the world in the 2009 documentary "The Way We Get By," a film made by her son and daughter-in-law Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly. Her friend and fellow greeter, Jerry Mundy, remembers her spirit and dedication to the troops.
"You wanted to be around her, she was always smiling, and she had a beautiful smile. She was the first one there most of the time, and she was very, very touched by the troops. They all smiled. Joan was very generous with her hugs," said Mundy.