- Charlotte Eugenia (Fowler) Thaxter, 88, passed away April 2, 2017, at a local health care facility after a period of declining health, with loving family by her bedside. She was born at Norcross, Maine, on May 4, 1928, the youngest of the six children of Albert F. and Kate (Jones) Fowler.
She grew up in Norcross, a bustling village outside of Millinocket, where she attended the one-room schoolhouse and led an idyllic childhood, especially in the woods and waters near her home. She graduated from Stearns High School in 1947.
Charlotte was predeceased by her parents, Albert and Kate; her daughter, Janice Marie (Thaxter) McIntosh; her siblings, John F. Fowler, Helen (Fowler) Byther, George W. Fowler, Evelyn (Fowler) Larlee and Frederick C. Fowler; her nephew, David A. Larlee; great-nephew, Eric Swazey; and great-niece, Karen Larlee Grant. She is survived by her son-in-law, Peter McIntosh; and by her nieces and nephews, with whom she enjoyed a close relationship: Bryant P. Larlee and wife, Doreen, Marilyn (Towne) Larlee - wife, of David A. Larlee, Nancy (Byther) Porter and husband, Douglas, Katherine (Larlee) Pace and husband, Sam, Thomas E. Byther and wife, Ona, Albert L. Fowler and wife, Marian, George W. Fowler and wife, Patricia, John F. Fowler and wife, Zenaida, Betsy (Fowler) Letourneau and Frederick C. Fowler Jr.; as well as many great-nieces and great-nephews. Charlotte was deeply connected to her niece, Nancy, who advocated for her and lovingly guided her through the challenges of aging, and she also had a special childhood relationship with her eldest nephew's wife, Doreen (McCue) Larlee.
Despite experiencing various challenges and sadness in her long life, Charlotte's eyes could sparkle brightly and her smile lit up her face. A quiet woman given to long silences, she regularly surprised and delighted those around her by issuing a memorable zinger with impeccable timing. Charlotte's measured nature was especially evident in her pace of eating, speaking and moving; however, her natural grace and beauty emerged when she was on North Twin Lake. She could swim for hours in Norcross Cove, effortlessly gliding through the water. When the lake froze, she skated on its surface, executing exquisite turns and twirls with that same effortlessness. Another of Charlotte's special pleasures was gardening, and she tended blossoms in the yards of her childhood and adult homes. Charlotte was a member of the First Congregational Church of Millinocket, the Women's Fellowship, and participated in the Millinocket Garden Club activities.
Services will be held at a later date. Gifts in memory of Charlotte may be sent to the Friends of the Millinocket Memorial Library, 5 Maine Avenue, Millinocket, ME 04462. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home, Millinocket. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.
Published on  April 4, 2017