Mary C. Thurston, 82: Passionate about education, gardening

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Mary C. Thurston, 82, of South Portland, died Nov. 6 at South Portland Nursing Home.

Born in Newburyport, Mass., she was the daughter of William A. and Medora Foster Condon. Educated in the Haverhill, Mass. schools, she graduated from Mary Washington College.

Thurston was a longtime resident of South Portland and was a past chairman of the South Portland Board of Education for five years and a past director of the Assessment Review Board.

When she was younger she was a teacher in Baltimore, Md., and most recently worked for the Maine Turnpike Authority as a toll collector. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening and was a past member of the Osewantha Garden Club.

Thurston and her family were longtime residents of Little Diamond Island and spent many summers there.

Her husband, Dr. Warren E. Thurston, passed away earlier this year.

She is survived by her daughters Mary Jo Sellick of Portland and Margaret A. Thurston of Old Orchard Beach; sister Elizabeth McGirr of Bedford, N.H.; grandchildren Jesse Emmons of Portland, Ely Emmons of South Portland, Victoria Sellick of South Portland and Julia Aumuller of Old Orchard Beach.

The family would like to express their thanks to the South Portland Nursing Home for the special care given to Thurston.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Thurston’s memory to Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S. Rt. 1, Scarborough, ME 04074. A memorial mass was held on Nov. 10 for Thurston and her husband at St. John the Evangelist in South Portland; interment for both will take place at New Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.

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