Maxine Dresser Thurston
REGION -- Maxine Dresser Thurston, 81, died on June 13, 2013, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
She was born in Andover on December 9, 1931, 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.
Afterword, 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 Univ. of Maine, Class of 1953.
She married Harmon Franklin Thurston on June 12, 1954 in Andover. They lived in Medford, OR for a year before returning back east to Massachusetts.
She had a very big and caring heart for everyone and lived life to the fullest everyday. She will be remembered for her kindness, generosity, understanding and wonderful, infectious laugh.
In 1958, Harmon and Maxine moved to Brandon, VT. She and her husband have owned and operated New England Woodcraft for 50 years in Brandon. Maxine had also been a substitute teacher at Otter Valley Union High School for several years in the 1960’s and in the early 1970’s, she ran a day care center in 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.
Surviving is her husband, Harmon Thurston of Brandon; three sons, Lee and his wife, Susan of Grass Valley, CA, Charles Thurston and his wife, Martha of Brandon, and Jeff Thurston and his wife, Michele of Whiting; daughter, Lynn Thurston and her partner, Janice Morong of Phillips; seven 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, MA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be a service to celebrate her life from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday at the Andover Congregationalist Church. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in her memory to the Andover Education Fund, PO Box 32, Andover, ME 04216.