Maxine Dresser Thurston, age 81, died Thursday, June 13, 2013, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mrs. Thurston was born in Andover on Dec. 9, 1931. She was the daughter of Everett and Elsie (Sedgeley) Dresser. She grew up in Andover where she received her early education and graduated from Andover High School in 1949. Afterward, she attended the University of Maine in Orono, working her way through college as a waitress. She graduated as one of the first women to earn a degree in Business Administration, from the U. Maine, class of 1953. She married Harmon Franklin Thurston on June 12, 1954, in Andover. They lived in Medford, Ore., for a year before returning back East to Mass.
In 1958 Harmon and Maxine moved to Brandon, Vt. Maxine had been a substitute teacher at Otter Valley Union High School for several years in the 1960s. In the early 1970s, she ran a day care center in Brandon. She and her husband owned and operated New England Woodcraft in Forestdale and Brandon. She was actively involved in many volunteer organizations over the years including; the League of Women Voters, Hospice and the Brandon Food Shelf. She was member of the Brandon United Methodist Church. She had a very big and caring heart for everyone and lived life to the fullest every day. She will be remembered for her kindness, generosity, understanding and wonderful, infectious laugh.
Surviving are her husband Harmon Thurston of Brandon; son Lee and his wife Susan of Grass Valley, Ca.; daughter Lynn Thurston and her partner Janice Morong of Philips; son Charles Thurston and his wife Martha of Brandon; and son Jeff Thurston and his wife Michele of Whiting; 7 grandchildren, Everett, Pierce, Mackenzie and Emmett Thurston and Avery, Payton and Grant Thurston; her sisters, Joyce Birch of Glen Allen, Va. and Frances Kerchner of Wellesley, Mass. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive her.
There will be service to celebrate her life at the Andover Methodist Church on June 22, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in her memory, to the Andover Education Fund, PO Box 32, Andover, Me. 04216.