WEST PARIS – Shirley S. Thomas, 91, of Otisfield, died Saturday evening at Ledgeview Living Center in West Paris.

She was born in Dallas Plantation, March 11, 1917, the daughter of G. Bernard and Addie Nile Scribner. She graduated from Paris high school in 1936. At the age of 53 she graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a B.S. degree.

On Oct. 26, 1937, she married Lester F. Thomas, he died on Feb. 17, 2001. After the death of her husband, she moved to Ledgeview Living Center. Alzheimers disease took her freedom and it was not possible to keep up with her active life.

She was an English and history teacher and worked with her husband in the poultry business. She was very interested in family genealogy and politics. She was a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants, the Foster-Carroll American Legion Auxilary in South Paris, and the United Parish of Harrison and North Bridgton. Shirley was past matron of Elm Vale Chapter 105 Order of the Eastern Star in Harrison, past master of Frederick Robie Grange in Otisfield, and a member of Elizabeth Crockett Blake Tent 8 of Norway, Daughters of Union Veterans.

Shirley is survived by a daughter, Crystal McKay of Otisfield; a son, Edward Thomas of Deltona, Fla.; three grandsons, David and Lynda McKay of Otisfield, Mark and Jo’Anna McKay of Otisfield and Kevin and Terry McKay of Windham; two great-grandsons, Ryan and Chad McKay of Florida; and two great-granddaughters, Allison and Talia McKay of Windham; three sisters, Harriet Hay of Woolwich, Charlotte and Gerry Brien of Harrison and Patty Curtis of Harrison; a brother, Kendrick and Amy Scribner of Oxford; a sister-in-law, Velma Scribner of Otisfield; and two brothers-in-law Richard Rose and Alfred “Bolo” Wiles.

Shirley was predeceased by her sisters Montress Wiles, Lois Rose and Norma DeBevoise; and brother, Erland Scribner.

The family appreciates the loving care that Shirley received from the staff at Ledgeview Living Center.

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