ORONO - Thelma Phyllis McCubrey, 90, passed away peacefully March 17, 2013, surrounded by loved ones in the home she designed and built with her husband 50 years ago. She was born Nov. 26, 1922, in Medford, Mass., to Edward and Edna Hughes.
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Thelma graduated from Melrose High School in 1940, and she went on to business college. Classically trained in her youth, she became an amazing dancer and was invited to audition for the Rockettes. In 1943 when her childhood sweetheart and best friend, Richard "Dick" McCubrey was home for a 10-day leave they were married. Dick then left for two years of active duty and love letters were their only communication. They spent five years apart while Dick served on Navy ships. During this time Thelma worked at Revere Sugar, Boston, and to help the war effort volunteered in hospitals. Thelma and Dick celebrated 69 years of marriage Dec. 18, 2012. Thelma spent many happy summers at the camp she and Dick built on Pleasant River Lake. Her favorite spot was on their beach with family, friends and dogs. She especially loved sailing, kayaking and picking wild blueberries. Thelma had many talents and was a gifted artist. Her true passion was carving and painting songbirds and ducks. She spent many happy hours working beside Dick in their workshop, where they created many masterpieces.
Surviving are her husband, Richard J. McCubrey; son, Richard C. McCubrey and wife, Raylene, of Grottoes, Va.; daughters, Gail DeSantis and husband, John, of Standish and Heather Grubb and husband, Carl, of Gray; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. She was predeceased by her grandsons, George McCubrey and Eric DeSantis. Thelma's family expresses their sincere appreciation to all of the wonderful friends and caregivers who have so lovingly supported them during this time.
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Those who wish to remember Thelma in a special way may make gifts in her memory to Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mount Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at
Published in BDN Maine on Mar. 23, 2013