Thelda K. Dobbins, 1914 - 2014

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Thelda K. Dobbins, 100, of 41 Pleasant Street, Auburn, died on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. Born in Lisbon Falls, on April 26, 1914, she was the daughter of William and Gertrude Risska Kirschner. She graduated from Lisbon Falls High School in 1930, from the Farmington State Normal School in 1932, and then received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maine Orono. In 1938 she married Lester Dobbins, and they had been married for 62 years at the time of his death in 2000. Thelda taught school in Durham, Sabattus, Monmouth and Lewiston, retiring from Pettingill School in 1973, after a 35 year career. After retiring she spent winters in New Port Richey, Florida for 25 years. Thelda was a member of Community Baptist Church in Sabattus and the various groups associated with the church. A member and past matron of the Lakeside Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, she received recognition as being a 75 year member of the OES in November of 2008. Thelda was a member and past Chief of the Phythom Sisters of Sabattus. She was a member of many other groups including the Androscoggin Retired Educators Association, Maine Educators Association, National Teachers Association, and the National Retired Teachers Association. She celebrated her 100th birthday with a party of friends and family, and was presented a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capital along with a congratulatory letter from Representative Mike Michaud. Survivors include her son, Herbert and wife Mary Ann (Spugnardi) Dobbins of Windham, two grandchildren, Krista and husband Bruce Couturier of Deering, NH, and Kirt Dobbins and wife Corinne of Warminster, PA, and five great grandchildren, Natalie, Vanessa, and Ian Dobbins, and Antonia and Alanna Couturier. 

Funeral Notice

DOBBINS, Thelda, 100, of Auburn, died in Lewiston on Saturday, August 9, 2014. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, from 10 AM to 12 Noon, followed by a service at 12 Noon. Interment, Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Sabattus. Donations may be made in her memory to the charity of your choice.

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