Ferne's Story

NORTHFIELD - Ferne Raven Thompson, 96, passed away on Jan 1, 2016 at Marshall Healthcare Facility in Machias with her daughter and son at her side. She was born August 6, 1919, in Knox, ME., the daughter of William and N. Pearl Raven and graduated from Freedom Academy in 1936.

She became a resident of Northfield, ME. in 1945 when her husband, John Thompson came home after serving in World War II. John died July Fourth in 1992.

She was a former member of Knox Station Grange in Knox, Me., and Wesley Grange in Wesley, Me. She had been a member of the Machias Senior Citizens for more than thirty years. She was an election clerk for the town of Northfield for twenty-six years and a member of the school board for many years. Ferne was a leader of the Bog Lake 4-H Club in 1961 when the Bog Lake 4-H Club won the county plaque for Washington County.

Besides her parents and husband, John Thompson Sr., she was predeceased by her daughter Kathryn Thompson Buehring in 1997; her brothers Lawrence, Earl, Harold (Mike), John Henry, Seth, Daniel, William (Bub) & Carl; and sisters Lila Bryant, Edith Porter and Alfreda Moore.

She is survived by children Janet Thompson and John K Thompson, Jr.; grandson Cory; sisters Ethel Pattee, Mable Raven Larrabee, Judy Porter, Minnie Raven and brother Merle & his wife Val Raven.

At Ferne's request there will be no visiting hours or funeral services. Family Services may be held at a later date at the Northfield Cemetery in Northfield, Me.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ferne's memory payable to the Mount View Fund for Further Education, Mount View High School, 577 Mount View Rd., Thorndike, ME 04986. All donations will go to the William & N. Pearl Raven Scholarship Fund.

Arrangements are under the care of Direct Cremation of Maine, Belfast. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.directcremationofmaine.com.
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