Jean E. Thayer

Jul 09, 2018
Jean Thayer

Ft. Myers, Fla. — Jean Elliot Thayer, 89, passed away peacefully April 11 in Ft. Myers, Fla., following a brief illness. She was born to Edward J. and Elma Elliot Aug. 15, 1928, in Thomaston, where she attended high school and was captain of the girls’ basketball team. Following graduation, she attended Nasson College in Springvale, 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, at the family clothing store, Thayer-Diggery Co.; 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 among close friends and family; and winters at Sugarloaf USA, 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 Corp. Employee of the Year three times.

Following her retirement from Sugarloaf and 50-plus years of “just elegant” ski days, Jean moved to Wiscasset, 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 of Belgrade, Suzi of Edgecomb, Wendy and Larry Porter of Ft. Myers, Fla., and Peter and wife Kerry Lyons of Boothbay; sisters Joan Garnsey of Wolfeboro, N.H., Ida Clarke of Cushing and Laurie Chisholm of Massachusetts; 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; 800-272-3900.

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