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ADDISON - Thelma Alice (Look) Grant, 97, died April 24, 2016 at Downeast Community Hospital in Machias. She was born in Addison, May 25, 1918, daughter of Walter C and Alice N Look.

She graduated from Addison High School in 1935 as valedictorian with a grade average of 98.4 which was never exceeded as long as the school existed. She married Russell Grant on June 12, 1937. They had four children and both worked tirelessly to provide for them. Thelma would rise early every morning to make dozens of fresh donuts to sell to sardine factory workers on their way to work. When Russell died in 1956 she was left to provide for her children. Thelma secured employment by learning to drive the school bus and she did this for many years. She saw to it that all her children received a post-secondary education. She was elected to the position of Registrar of Probate for Washington County in 1962, having to run for reelection every 4 years. Over her 32 year career she earned admiration and respect from the judges she assisted and the public she served. Another show of dedication was her 38 year term as the Treasurer of the Town of Addison.

Thelma was a life-long voracious reader. That only added to her ease of an intelligent conversation, her quick wit, and her crossward puzzle prowess. Her daughter introduced her to quilting when she was nearing retirement. Eventually, a hand-quilted treasure was completed for each member of her family. History and genealogy were of great interest to her, as well as, keeping up with current events, the Boston Celtics and Red Sox. She also enjoyed travels to France, Spain, and more within the U.S.

She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Indian River Grange, Pleasant River Historical Society and Church Hill Cemetery.

Surviving are her daughter, Nancy Jordan and Hadley of Otis, and their children Robert and wife Sue, Stephen and wife So Young, Bruce and wife Deborah and Jane; her son Laurence "Pete" Grant and his special friend, Frances Alley, Steuben, and his children Russell and wife Sarah, whom was especially helpful to Thelma, and Jean Gonyo and husband John; her son Lee Grant and wife Arleta of Addison, and their children A. Beth Dyer and friend Doug Kane and Marla Bagley and husband Michael; and the children of her beloved late son Charles Grant, Julie Meeks and husband Kevin and Jill Mudd and husband Jan. Great grandchildren - Lindsey, Ryan and Colleen Jordan; Jasmine and David Jordan; Maddison Jordan; Blaine and Riley Grant; Brenden, Jacob and Hyleigh Meeks; Jordan and Jenna Mudd; Kristen Schalefer her husband Josh; and Courtney Bagley. Great great grandchild Ashra Lee Schlaefer. A special niece, Linda Bubar and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her son Charles, she was predeceased by her parents, a sister Frances Kofoed, brothers Richard and Eugene Look, and a daughter-in-law Kathy Grant.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Church Hill Cemetery, 69 West Side Rd, Addison, ME 04606 or Friends of the Church on the Hill, PO Box 206, Addison, ME 04606.

Arrangements by: McClure Funeral Services, Machias, ME.

Committal Service will be held on July 9th, 11:00am at the Church Hill Cemetery.
Published on  May 3, 2016
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