Thirma J. Blethen, 86, of Augusta, enter into an eternal rest Friday, Nov. 8, after a long three-year battle with cancer.

She was born in a farmhouse in St. Albans, Maine on March 12, 1927, the daughter of Merle and Methyl Johnson. Six years later the farmhouse burnt and the Johnson family moved to Springfield, Mass. where Thirma graduated in 1945 from Springfield High School. After high school she was employed at Buxton's Wallet Factory and later relocated to Moretown, Vt., where she worked at Indian Curtain Factory.

On March 18, 1956, in Belfast she married the love of her life, Perry G. Blethen, and from then on the two were inseparable. Their lives took them to seven different destinations within the first three years of marriage. In 1960 the couple decided to finally plant their roots in Augusta where they raised two beautiful girls, Cynthia Anne and Frances Helen. Thirma was an active participant in her community where she took up cake decorating, rug hooking, quilting and where she was a member of the community exchange. In private Thirma was a self-taught pianist and enjoyed singing hymns in her local church, but her true passion was the unconditional love and affection she had for her family and those she held dear to her heart.

Thirma is survived by her daughter Cynthia Anne and her husband James Cipriano of Augusta; daughter Frances Helen Simard of Chelsea; two grandchildren Aleana Marie Krupinsky of Farmingdale and Donald Alexander Simard of Chelsea; and her great-granddaughter Harper Simard. She is also survived by her brothers Joseph Johnson of Belfast, Everette Johnson and his wife Rita of Conn., Arnold Johnson and his wife Terry of Florida, and many loved brother and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; her favorite sister and best friend Evelyn Candage; sister Marie Backus and brother L. Ivan Johnson; along with many sadly missed brothers- and sisters-in-law; niece and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn for the great care that Thirma received. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice Foundation, 17 Strawberry Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240.