Jean Elma <I>Elliot</I> Thayer

Jean Elma Elliot Thayer

Thomaston, Knox County, Maine, USA
Death 11 Apr 2018 (aged 89)
Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida, USA
Burial Cushing, Knox County, Maine, USA
Memorial ID 191250407 · View Source
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FT. MYERS, Fla. - Jean Elliot Thayer, 89, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2018, in Ft. Myers, following a brief illness. She was born to Edward J. and Elma Elliot on August 15, 1928 in Thomaston, Maine, where she attended high school and was captain of the girls' basketball team. Following graduation she attended Nasson College in Springvale, Maine, majoring in Nutrition. While there she met Wendell Bragg Thayer of Sanford, who in short order gave her her lifelong love of snow skiing. Jean and Wendell were married in 1948 in Thomaston, in a double ceremony with her sister Joan and John E. Garnsey.
They settled in Sanford, and while raising their four children, Jean enjoyed working during autumns with her friends at Brother Anthony's apple orchards in Alfred, Maine; at the family clothing store, Thayer-Diggery Company; and she was a favorite substitute teacher in the Sanford school system.
Each and every summer was spent at her beloved family cottage at Bird Point in Cushing, Maine, among close friends and family; and winters at Sugarloaf USA, to where she and Wendell eventually relocated, in Carrabasset Valley. After operating the Thayer-Diggery clothing shop in the Valley Crossing, Jean worked at the Sugarloaf Ski Shop for nearly 30 years, and was Sugarloaf Corporation Employee of the Year three times.
Following her retirement from Sugarloaf and fifty-plus years of "just elegant" ski days, Jean moved to Wiscasset, Maine; and then to Ft. Myers where she lived with her daughter Wendy.
Wendell passed away in 1986. Jean is survived by her children, Elliot and wife Rhonda, Belgrade, Maine; Suzi, Edgecomb, Maine; Wendy and Larry Porter, Ft. Myers; and Peter and wife Kerry Lyons, Boothbay Maine; sisters Joan Garnsey, Wolfeboro, NH; Ida Clarke, Cushing ME; and Laurie Chisholm, MA; grandchildren Ethan and Sam Thayer; Seth, Jonathan and Tyler Wadas; and Wendell and Sophia Thayer; great-grandchildren Finn and Charlotte Wadas and Ruby Thayer; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
There will be a private service in August at Norton Cemetery in Cushing, followed by a gathering at the family cottage.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jean's memory to:
The Alzheimer's Association
P.O. Box 96011
Washington, DC 20090-6001

Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on July 8, 2018.

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  • Created by: Marc Thayer, III
  • Added: 9 Jul 2018
  • Find A Grave Memorial 191250407
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jean Elma Elliot Thayer (15 Aug 1928–11 Apr 2018), Find A Grave Memorial no. 191250407, citing Norton Cemetery, Cushing, Knox County, Maine, USA ; Maintained by Marc Thayer, III (contributor 46542959) Burial Details Unknown.