Thelma Waite

Thelma I. Waite

Friday, December 6th, 1929 - Tuesday, August 13th, 2019
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Thelma I. Waite, 89, a former resident of Leeds, now residing in Turner, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Central Maine Medical Center. She was born December 6th, 1929 in Livermore, Maine, the daughter of Alton and Gleyn (Kilbreth) Bisbee. She attended Leavitt Institute in Turner, graduating in 1947. In 1948, she married Clayton Enos; he passed away in November of 1955. On February 20th, 1957 in Leeds, she married Clinton Waite; he passed away in September of 1997. Thelma was a housewife and homemaker with a great love for her family and friends. She was a member of the Leeds Community Church, serving as a Deacon, Elder, and President of the Presbyterian Women of the Leeds Community Church, Presbyterian Women of Northern New England, and Delegate to National Presbyterian, past Delegate to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, Leeds Historical Society member, Board of Directors for Western Maine Transportation, volunteer for Seniors Plus of Maine, Leeds Cemetery Volunteer Caretaker, member of the Leeds Community Church Choir, volunteer care giver to the elderly, shut-ins, and family, manager of the Leeds Community Church Clothing Center, and was also a member of Rural Community Action Ministry. While wintering in Texas, Thelma was an active member in the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ. She fed the homeless every Monday in ICARE, attended many Bible Studies and generously supported the church through her many other offerings. She shared her knowledge of quilting and embroidery and sewing with all those who were eager to learn. She is survived by four daughters, Val Enos of Freeport and dear friend, John Hale of Monmouth, Annette Jackson and her husband Sam of California, JoDelle Brackett and her husband David of Leeds and Jennifer Waite and companion Kenneth Drum of Lewiston; three sons, Michael Enos and his wife Janice of Orrington, Gregory Waite and his husband John Arney of Dallas, Texas and Stan Waite and his wife Heather Nadeau of Turner; a sister, Lois Lefebvre of Leeds; 10 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchild. She was predeceased by her parents, her first husband, Clayton Enos, her second husband, Clinton Waite, and her sisters, Myrtle Jack and Rita Tilton. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at

Waite, Thelma I – 89, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019. Funeral services will be held 1PM, Saturday, August 17th at the Leeds Community Church, 123 Church Hill Road, Leeds, Maine. Interment Leeds Center Cemetery, Route 106, Leeds, Maine. Arrangements by BRAGDON-FINLEY FUNERAL HOME, 707 Main Street, Monmouth, Maine. If desired, contributions may be made in memory of Thelma Waite to the Leeds Community Church Clothing Center, 123 Church Hill Road, Leeds, Maine 04263 or ICARE, Feeding the Homeless, Dallas Hope Charities, 5910 Cedar Spring Road, Dallas, Texas 75235
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  • Service

    Saturday, August 17th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, August 17th, 2019 1:00pm
    Leeds Community Church
    123 Church Hill Road
    LEEDS, ME 04263
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  • Interment

    Leeds Center Cemetery
    Route 106
    LEEDS, ME 04263
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Mary Field

Posted at 11:24am
I was very sad to hear of Thelma's passing. I had just seen her recently. I will always remember going to the house at Curtis Corner as a 4H member. Learning how to knit, sew, and be part of a group made me a better person. Now that I am back in Leeds, I enjoyed being in the Leeds Historical group with her. I will miss her very much.
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Steve Hastings

Posted at 02:19pm
I am very sorry to hear that Thelma died. And to think I got such a huge hug of welcome from her when I was back in Leeds just 8 days ago. She was living, walking proof that you can be open minded for your whole life! She was a "forward through the ages" kind of person - kind of like a sailor in a sailboat. In a rowboat you always look back. In a sailboat you look out over the bow - lookin' where the wind blows. That's what I'll remember about her.

Love, Elbert & Naomi Goode

Posted at 11:17am
Bergson - "To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. " You lived this mantra with ease Grammy!
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Posted at 08:24am
We love Thelma very much. Our prayers and thoughts are with her family and friends. From her iCare family.
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