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BANGOR – Nona Mae Sibley, 80, our guardian angel, passed away April 28, 2009, at a Bangor hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 18, 1928, on the Rogers Farm in Stillwater, the daughter of Guy L. and Madeline M. (Rogers) Thurston. Nona graduated from Old Town High School, Class of 1946, then went on to attend Northern Conservatory of Music. She was a member of Old Town VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Her favorite thing to do was sit on the banks of Camden harbor with her husband and friends watching sailing ships come and go. Nona enjoyed traveling to Florida in the winter and to the Maritime Provinces in the summer with her husband, Rex. They made wonderful friends wherever they went and stayed in touch with them throughout the years. Her favorite pastime was playing cribbage and there are wonderful stories of the many games played after breakfast. She loved life and enjoyed playing Bingo, cross-country skiing, gardening, yard sales and knitting. She was a loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be dearly missed. She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Rex Sibley; her children, Leon G. “Sandy” Perkins of Oakmont, Pa., Glenn A. Perkins and wife, Lisa, of Brownville, Thomas J. Perkins and wife, Stephanie, of Orono, Susan M. Rice and husband, Leonard, of Glenburn, C. Ann Nickles and husband, Ronald, of Franklin, Mass., and Heidi M. Newman and husband, Richard, of Walpole, Mass.; three brothers, Robert E. Thurston and wife, Virginia, of Stillwater, Roy M. Thurston and wife, Janet, of Stillwater and Alan P. Thurston and wife, Betty, of West Enfield; a sister, Ann R. Askew and husband, John, of Knotts Island, Va.; grandchildren, Heather, Nathan, Molly, Katie, Derek, Dustin, Devin, Brandon, Abbie, Emily, Amanda, Sheree, Jonathan, Kristopher, Holly, Michelle and Kelly; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Jay, Alice and Edward; many nieces and nephews; and her cat, Gabby. A service of remembrance will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at Stillwater Federated Church, Bennoch Road, Stillwater, with the Rev. Joan DeSanctis officiating. Interment will be after the service at Lawndale Cemetery, Old Town. Gifts in her memory may be made to CancerCare of Maine, care of Healthcare Charities, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.BrookingsSmith.com.

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