BROOKSVILLE - Jean Thurston McConnell, 88, of Brooksville, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at her home. She was born June 15, 1925, in Bellefonte, Pa., a daughter of Henry Winfred Thurston II, and his wife, Edna Thurston (nee Wilson).
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Jean graduated from Penn State University in 1948 and moved to New York City to begin a career in Journalism. While on a Christmas ski trip to Colorado in 1951, she met the love of her life, Malcolm E. McConnell. Jean and Mac were married in May of 1952. After living in Dallas for a couple of years, they moved first to Broomall and then to Wayne, Pa., where they lived for over 25 years. After summering in Brooksville, Jean and Mac built their dream home and retired there in 1978. Jean was active in many community activities in both Wayne and Brooksville, but her greatest love was the Brooksville Free Public Library, where she held down the desk every Wednesday morning for many years. She was an active member of the Bucks Harbor Yacht Club and was an accomplished seamstress, knitter, and gardener. She loved sailing, tennis, skiing, and camping with her family.
Jean is survived by her daughter, Cassandra M. Migel and husband, Christopher, of Redding, Conn., and Sedgwick; grandchildren, Alexander D. Migel of Boston, Malcolm R. Migel and wife, Kimmery, of Easton, Conn., and Courtney M. Cowan and husband, Tyler, of Chicago; and great-grandchild, Baby Cowan due on December 25th. She was predeceased by her husband, Malcolm E. McConnell; and her brother, Henry W. Thurston III.
A Remembrance Reception will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at Buck's Restaurant, 6 Cornfield Hill Road, Brooksville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jean's memory to the Brooksville Public Library General Fund, P.O. Box 38, Brooksville, ME 04617. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home, 141 South St., Blue Hill. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.
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Published in BDN Maine on Oct. 30, 2013