Kelly Anne Cassum


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Bangor - Kelly A. Cassum, 50, died peacefully on May 16th, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loved ones. Kelly passed after a long but fearless battle with cancer. She was born on July 23, 1968 in Bangor, Maine, the daughter of Reid H. Thurber and Margaret A. Thurber.
Kelly graduated from Bangor High School, class of 1986. After graduating high school, Kelly married her childhood sweetheart, Randy Cassum, at the age of 19. They would have celebrated their 31st anniversary this June 11. After high school she immediately went on to pursue her passion in the dental field by completing a program for dental assisting. She then pursued an Associate's Degree in dental hygiene, only to then further her education by earning her Bachelor's Degree in dental hygiene through the University of Maine at Augusta (Bangor campus). Her love for learning motivated her to pursue her Master's Degree in leadership at USM. She was in the process of completing it during her battle with cancer. Over the years, Kelly spent time working for many wonderful people and growing her skills as a hygienist. Kelly loved everyday she spent at work and was very fond of the connections she made with her patients and co-workers.
Kelly was predeceased by her brother, Gary Pelkey, and her beloved mother, Margaret. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are her three daughters; Mikaela Cross and her husband Jordan; Skylar Bechtel and her husband Colin; her youngest daughter Miah Cassum; her father Reid Thurber; her three brothers David, Rusty and Michael; many nieces and nephews and other loved family members. The family was supported in Kelly's caretaking by her best friend and guardian angel, Catherine Allard, throughout her battle with cancer.
Relatives and friends are invited to Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 for a viewing for Kelly Cassum from 5-8 p.m.
There will be a funeral service held on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Calvary Chapel, 154 River Road, Orrington at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ken Graves. Kelly requested that those attending her funeral wear bright colors in her honor. Please, no black if possible.
There will be a burial following the service at Mount Pleasant Catholic Cemetery on Ohio Street in Bangor.
The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments in honor of Kelly's life at Calvary Chapel after the burial from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Those who wish to remember Kelly in a special way may make gifts in her name to UMA, University Advancement, 46 University Drive, Augusta, ME 04330. A scholarship will be established in Kelly's name at the University of Maine at Augusta for dental hygiene students. Please add in the memo line: in memory of Kelly Cassum. The Cassum family would like to express their gratitude for the love and support received through this difficult time.
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May 21, 2019
How lucky you all were to have such a strong woman in your life to guide you a long the way. She was beautiful inside and out right up to the end and was giving Makenzie advice on don’t let the bad things define you. Thank you Kelly.We will miss her.πŸ’•
Linda Parker and Darryl Parker
May 21, 2019
May all who knew and lived Kelly find peace on the beautiful memories she made in our lives.
Larry and Elaine Bechtel
May 19, 2019
Condolences to your family. We were made better by having met you Kelly.
May 19, 2019
Having lost my wife to cancer in 2005, I have knowledge as to how tough it can be to see a beautiful woman suffering the ravages of this dreaded scourge. During my wife's four - year ordeal , I was made aware of the weakness of self, the power of God, and the kindness of others. May the power of God be your strength at this time, and may you also find comfort in the fact that the hearts of many, myself included, are with you at this time wherein you mourn the departure of a beautiful woman, of whom doubtless you are very proud.
Mary White
May 19, 2019
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. May you find comfort in your memories of better years of Kelly s life.
Tom & Leslie Brigham
May 19, 2019
We are awed by Kelly's fierce determination but will remember that wonderful smile and hearty laugh. She will be gracefully be remembered through her three beautiful, lively daughters.
Jamie Stern
May 18, 2019
You were a superstar mom, friend, teacher, and mentor. I'll never forget you my dear friend. Until we meet again. Sending love to your beautiful family.
linda coleman
May 18, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you and hope that her love and memories will carry you through this difficult time. The world has lost a joyful soul....may you find peace in your hearts....knowing that she loved her family deeply.
I was so very lucky to have her as a friend.
May 18, 2019
She was so wonderful, I admired her beautiful smile and confidence while having her as an instructor in hygiene school and EFDA. She will always hold a place in my heart. So thankful to have known her! Sending healing prayers to her family.
Michel Scott Susina
May 18, 2019
So very sad to read this. Kelly was a wonderful educator, I enjoyed our clinics together.
John and Jenny Mills
May 17, 2019
The grief on this side of heaven is deep but the promise of eternal life with her brings comfort. Please accept our sincere condolences. We join many in praying for your family. Jesus is with you.
Ashleigh Blake
May 17, 2019
She was the first smile I saw as I entered the empty UMA dental clinic. She scurried over and introduced herself, I dare say she was more excited then even i was.
While attending the UMA dental assisting program she become a mentor to me, not only in the feild but in life. We checked in time to time, even after graduation. She impacted my life in a big way, in a very short amount of time. I like to think she knows she was a par above most and those who were blessed to know her truly loved her. I wont ever forget her and i will continue to reflect on her guidance. Much love to all whos hearts are heavy.
Tammy LaFrance
May 17, 2019
Reid and family,
I am so very sorry to hear about Kelly's passing. You're family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Martin Van Hall
May 17, 2019
Very sorry for all of you. Such a loss for you all and the world. She truly was a sweet person
Bailey P
May 17, 2019
She was an excellent teacher. She made a difference and she will be missed.
Ashley Cass
May 17, 2019
So sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person. She was my instructor and I'm forever grateful for the wisdom she passed to me. Always a person to make my day brighter. She definitely is an angel
Kelly Ireland
May 17, 2019
Kelly was a compassionate teacher. She touched many lives. She was always striving to be as helpful and kind as possible. It was an honor learning under her as a dental hygiene student. My heart goes out to her family during these times.
Jill Schnedler
May 17, 2019
I am beyond heartbroken, the universe has a giant hole in it now . Prayers for peace and comfort . Kelly will be deeply missed πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”
Sharon Allen
May 17, 2019 love and prayers go to you and all who knew your Mom....may God surround you with His comforting arms....I will see you soon...if there is anything I can do to help just let me through Christ. πŸ•‡βš˜
Diane Blanchette
May 17, 2019
Kelly was a sweet, thoughtful soul that taught and helped shape hundreds of Maine's dental assistants and dental hygienists. She accomplished much and touched many, many lives in a positive way. Cassum family members have all my heartfelt sympathy. ❀️
May 17, 2019
I am so Deeply Sorry for this Loss., Our thoughts and Prayers are with All if Yiu. Kelly will be forever missed. No matter where I would see her, she always remembered who I was. If she knew you, she always knew you.
Debbie Langille
May 17, 2019
So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
The Sandberg’s
May 17, 2019
Our love and condolences are with the Cassum family. We would like to personally thank you for the love and support we were blessed to experience. Kelly was generous, loving, gentle and kind anytime we spoke . She will be missed by many. ❀️
Darcy Worcester
May 17, 2019
My sincere condolences to Randy and the girls , I’m so sorry for your loss.. Kelly was a kind and sweet soul.. she will be sadly missed by all who knew her..
Sanborn family of Monmouth
May 17, 2019
She was one of the most beautiful women in my lifetime that I have ever known kind caring loving and always a positive thing to say. I was lucky enough to have her as my cousin she will be missed dearly. I took this picture at 7am on may 16th before I new Kelly passed.