PRESQUE ISLE - Erma Thompson, 88, formerly of Easton, died Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at Caribou Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Erma was born May 8, 1924, in Easton, to J. Nesbitt and Gladys (Flewelling) Porter. Erma graduated from Easton High School in 1941 and Machias Normal School in 1943. She married V. Ernest Thompson, June 21, 1944, in a home ceremony at River du Chute, Easton. They resided on the Station Road, Easton, where Ernest worked the family farm for many years. After being a homemaker on the farm in Easton for many years, Erma pursued a second career as a teacher. In August 1965, she took a position as a fifth grade teacher in Fort Fairfield, where she taught for two years. She then took a fifth grade position at Easton Intermediate School in 1967. She later transitioned to a first grade position. In addition to teaching, Erma returned to college to add a fourth year to her teaching degree during this time. She completed this degree in 1973. She remained at Easton Elementary School where she was a devoted teacher, who took particular pride in teaching students to read. After Ernest's death in 1986 and her retirement in 1989, Erma sold the home in Easton and moved to Presque Isle. She enjoyed her family, friends and traveling. She was an active member of Easton United Methodist Church. Her positive attitude and her cheerfulness will be greatly missed. Erma is survived by her children, Diane Duplessie and her husband, Phil, of Presque Isle and Merton Thompson and his wife, Marcia, of St. Cloud, Minn.; grandchildren, Krista Hansen of Beaverton, Ore., Melissa Thompson of Washington, D.C., and Melanie Thompson of St. Paul, Minn.; stepgrandchild, Toby (Shannon) Duplessie of Caribou; great-stepgrandchildren, Macy, Megan and Kevin, all of Caribou; and two special people in her life, Jon Wornstaff and Nicholas Lund of Beaverton, Ore. Erma was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Ernest, Sept. 10, 1986; and her sister, Helen Ames. The family would like to thank Caribou Nursing Home as well as Leisure Village for her excellent care and also the many friends that she had there. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Easton Methodist Church with Pastor Sue Brown officiating. Visitation will be 1 p.m. until the time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in her memory may be made to Easton Methodist Church, P.O. Box 24, Easton, ME 04740. Online condolences may be expressed at www.Duncan-graves.com.
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Published in BDN Maine on May 23, 2012