FAIRFIELD - Thelma W. Philbrick, 93, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Lakewood Continuing Care Center, Waterville. She was surrounded by her loving family. She was born Thelma Althea West, March 5, 1919, in Bangor, daughter of the late Harold and Molly (Holyoke) West.
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She attended Brewer High School, graduating in 1936, as salutatorian of her class. Upon graduation she worked briefly in banking, and then she and Kenneth Philbrick eloped and moved to Fairfield, where they were searching for employment. She was a housewife for several years. In 1943 she returned to Brewer to live with her family while her husband was away during World War II. Upon his return they returned to their home in Fairfield, where they resided for the next 70-plus years. After returning to Fairfield, Thelma worked in woolen mills until an opportunity arose for her to become a medical secretary for a team of radiologists in Waterville, where she worked until retirement. Thelma was a very talented gardener and also enjoyed many crafts. Her family reaped the results of her talents. She enjoyed the out-of-doors, camping in many areas, including the family camp on Lovejoy Pond, Albion. The greatest joy of her life was her family.
She was predeceased by her husband of 72 years, Kenneth Philbrick; sister, Dorothy Clark; and son-in-law, Parker Cook. She is survived by daughter Joanne Cook; son, Lawrence Philbrick and wife, Deanna; grandchildren, Laurie Cook, Kenneth Cook, Pamela Butler, Kathleen Nautel and Peter Philbrick; and great-grandchildren, Ashley Ames, Kristin Cook, Mallory Currier, Benjamin Nautel, Parker Butler, Nathan Philbrick and Emily Philbrick. Additional survivors include a great-great-granddaughter, Cailynn Colby; and a great-great-grandchild to arrive in January. The family greatly appreciates the nurture and care provided by the staff at Lakewood Continuing Care Center, as well as care and concern offered by Health Reach Hospice.
Memorial services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Oakland/Sidney United Methodist Church, West School Street, Oakland. In Thelma's memory, donations may be made to Lakewood Continuing Care Center, care of Activities Department, 220 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville, ME 04901 or HealthReach Hospice, P.O. Box 828, Waterville, ME 04903-0828. Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield. An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at
Published in BDN Maine on Sept. 15, 2012