Ethel's Story

Kennebunk and Princeton, NJ - Ethel Mae Theriault, 86, a resident of Kennebunk and former longtime resident of Princeton, NJ, died suddenly Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, at her residence. Ethel was born August 29, 1930, in Livermore Falls, the daughter of Floyd G. and Dorothy Clark Scammon.
She is a graduate of Orono High School and the University of Maine, Orono. She furthered her education attending Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. A teacher at heart, she spent her life teaching specialty reading in the Trenton School District. Throughout her life though, she would be called upon to teach the newly immigrated to speak English as they settled in her community.
Living on a large farmhouse, she raised her family, creating a loving environment for them as they participated in all their activities. She always took an opportunity to share her passions of conserving the environment and voicing her thoughts on civic issues. As she began to plan her move back to Maine, she placed much of her farmland into trust with the Delaware and Raritan Greenway Land Trust.
As an active member of the Princeton Unitarian Universalist Church, she traveled to Romania to help rebuild churches there, along with traveling to other countries in Europe. Ethel also enjoyed vacationing on Star Island in the Isle of Shoals, and while residing at Atria, leading poetry workshops.
She is predeceased by her husband, Gerald Earl Theriault, who died in 1987.
Survivors include her children, Matthew Theriault and his wife, Sherrie of Washington, NJ, David Theriault and his wife, Deborah of Pittsburgh, PA, Bruce Theriault and his wife, Mary Lou of Sugar Run, PA, and Elizabeth Strum and her husband, David Howells of Kingston, NY; 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Ethel's life will be held 4 PM Saturday, October 1, 2016, at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Main Street, Kennebunk, with Reverend Lara Campbell officiating.
Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity, York County, PO Box 267, Kennebunk, ME 04043.
Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043.
To leave a message of condolence or share a memory, please visit Ethel's Book of Memories page at
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