Grace Edna Thompson 272,5282
- Born: 28 September 1914, Lee, Penobscot County, Maine 272,5283
- Died: 17 April 2015, Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine at age 100 5283
- Buried: After 17 April 2015, Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine at Gracelawn Memorial Park
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Grace E. Tinkham
AUBURN \emdash Grace E. Tinkham, 100, a lifelong resident of Wales, died Friday morning, April 17, at Clover Health Care in Auburn.
She was born on Sept. 28, 1914, in Lee, to Carl Thompson and Grace (Cook) Thompson. She was the youngest and last surviving sibling of seven sisters and one brother. She attended grammar school in the one-room school of Wales and graduated from Lewiston High School. On June 7, 1941, in Greene, she married Melvin Tinkham of Litchfield.
Grace worked as a nurse's aide at Central Maine Medical Center after being a "stay-at-home mom" for many years. On Sept. 28, a celebration of her 100th birthday was held with all of her immediate family attending from California, Arizona, Louisiana and New Hampshire. She said it was the "best party she ever had." Family gatherings were one of her favorite pastimes, along with playing Scrabble, doing crossword puzzles, reading, and watching and rooting for the Boston Red Sox. She was an excellent cook and was well-known for her pies. She was a member of the Wales Presbyterian Church, served on the school board, and was a den mother for the Boy Scout troop.
She will be greatly missed by her devoted husband of over 73 years, Melvin Tinkham of Wales; daughters and their husbands, Judy and Alan Edgecomb of Litchfield, Gail and Craig Theriault of Waterboro, Wendy and Ken Satoyoski of Phoenix, Ariz., Cheryl and James Clary of Gilford, N.H.; eight grandchildren, Craig and Matthew Edgecomb, Pamela Lovering, Michele Guillemette, Eric Theriault, Stacey Hoeder, Peter Bowman and Shawn Clary; 13 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her son, Gary Tinkham, in 1983.
The family would like to thank Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice, Hospice House of Androscoggin, as well as Clover Health Care for the care and support given to Grace and her family.
Messages of condolence may be sent to www.finleyfuneralhome.com.
• She appeared on the census in 1930 in Wales, Androscoggin County, Maine. She boarded in the home of her Aunt Minnie Boyce. Her future husband, Melvin Tinkham, boarded in the home as well.
• She had a residence in Wales, Androscoggin County, Maine.
Grace married Living