Thelma M. Holden


WEST PARIS – Thelma Holden, 86, went home to her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Ledgeview Living Center.

She was born in Bethel, Sept, 25, 1920, daughter of Walter and Etta (Hall) Maxim. She attended schools in Locke Mills and Paris, graduating from South Paris High School in 1940.

On March 14, 1940, she married George E. Holden and they always resided in the Oxford Hills area. Besides being a mother to three children, she cared for adults and children in her home. In 1963, she started working at Stephens Memorial Hospital, and on March 21, 1969, completed training at Central Maine Medical Center for certification as a nurse’s aide. After this she was employed at Stephens Memorial Hospital, Northern Cumberland Memorial Hospital in Bridgton and cared for many people in their homes.

She served the Lord during her life at Norway and South Paris Baptist churches. She also led a Bible study group and was one of the original members of Christian Women United. Knitting, crocheting and word puzzles were favorite pastimes after her retirement. Grandchildren’s “dollies” were never without clothes.

She is survived by two daughters, Beverly Shaw of West Paris and Goldie Welch, and her husband, James, of Waterford; one son, George H. Holden, and his wife, Anita, of Silverdale, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; foster son, George Nickerson, and his wife, Priscilla, of Dexter; foster daughter, Mary Macie, and her husband, Rudy, of Mechanic Falls; three sisters, Marilyn Wilson of San Antonio, Texas, Pearl Hamlin of Milford, N.H., and Barbara Jones, and her husband, Merton, of Buckfield; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, George E. Holden; three brothers, Harold and Timothy Maxim and Wayne Ellingwood; and two great-grandsons, Joseph M. Knightly and Thomas M. Boyd.