Thelma Jeanette (Bearce) McKusick

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MILO AND GUILFORD - Thelma "Ma" McKusick, 94, wife of the late Durgin A. McKusick, died March 19, 2013, at a Bangor hospital. She was born Oct. 25, 1918, in Guilford, the daughter of Harold and Wilda (Merrill) Bearce.

She attended Guilford High School and married Durgin in 1936, in Abbot. They were married for 65 years. When living in Guilford Thelma attended to her husband's filling station and did the bookkeeping while also raising five children. Later when she moved to Milo, she worked in the Milo school cafeteria and at Basketville. She was a past member of the Zephyrus Club and the Methodist church in Guilford, and a treasurer of the Secret Pals Club, Milo. Thelma's door was always open to anyone who entered. She had many, many friends and was loved by all. She loved fishing, dancing, playing cards, knitting and crocheting, eating dandelion greens and partridge, and enjoyed cooking for her family.

Thelma was predeceased by her parents; and two sisters, Imogene Lucariillo and Arlene Manoogian. She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Lavigne and her husband, Thomas, of Beaver Cove; four sons, Philip McKusick and his significant other, Susan Darke, of Peabody, Mass., and Barefoot Bay, Fla., Paul McKusick and his wife, Jean, of Milo, Peter McKusick and his significant other, Renie Goulette, of Blanchard and Perry McKusick and his wife, Mandy, of Greenville Junction; and four generations of grandchildren, Roberta, Robert, Rita, Randy, Rocky, Rusty, René, Jimmy, Mariah, Patience, Jim Jim, Landon, Dillon, Melissa, Anthony, Anna, Abbie, Amy, Ava, Mannie, Matt, Jaime, Kaitlyn, Michael, Madisyn, Khloee, Vanessa, Jenna, Sophia, Ashley, McKenzie, Mason, Rieland, Rebecca, Rachel, Holly, Henry, Donna, Dean, Lukas, Larhamie, Layah, Greg, Tami, Staci, Casey, Jennifer, Ashley, Aaron, Tristen, Colin, Peyton, Clara Jean, Dawn, Michael, Harlie, Jacob, Kelly, Jesse, Aviana, Shayden, Dahlia, Durgin, Kirsten, Sarah, Andrew, David, Nikki and Kirk. She also leaves behind her beloved cat, Tigger.

A graveside memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21, in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery, Milo, with the Rev. Michele St. Cyr officiating. Arrangements are in the care of Lary Funeral Home. Condolences and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Mar. 26, 2013
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