Fairfield, Maine-On Wednesday September 12, 2012, Thelma W. Philbrick, 93, passed away at Lakewood Continuing Care Center in Waterville, Maine. She was surrounded by her loving family. She was born Thelma Althea West on March 5, 1919 in Bangor, Maine, the daughter of the late Harold and Molly (Holyoke) West. She attended Brewer High School, graduating in 1936, as Salutatorian of her class. Upon graduation, she worked briefly in banking, and then she and Kenneth Philbrick eloped and moved to Fairfield, Maine where they were searching for employment. She was a house wife for several years. In 1943, she returned to Brewer, Maine to live with her family while her husband was away during World War II. Upon his return, they returned to their home in Fairfield, Maine where they resided for the next 70 plus years. After returning to Fairfield, Maine, Thelma worked in woolen mills until an opportunity arose for her to become a medical secretary for a team of radiologists in Waterville, Maine, where she worked until retirement. Thelma was a very talented gardener and also enjoyed many crafts. Her family reaped the results of her talents. She enjoyed the out of doors, camping in many areas including the family camp on Lovejoy Pond in Albion, Maine. The greatest joy of her life was her family. She is predeceased by her husband of 72 years, Kenneth Philbrick; her sister, Dorothy Clark; and son-in-law, Parker Cook. She is survived by daughter Joanne Cook; son Lawrence Philbrick and his wife Deanna; grandchildren Laurie Cook, Kenneth Cook, Pamela Butler, Kathleen Nautel, Peter Philbrick; great grandchildren Ashley Ames, Kristin Cook, Mallory Currier, Benjamin Nautel, Parker Butler, Nathan Philbrick, Emily Philbrick. Additional survivors include a great great granddaughter Cailynn Colby; an additional great great grand child to arrive in January. Memorial services will be held at Oakland / Sidney United Methodist Church, West School Street, Oakland, Maine, on Saturday, September 22, at 10:00am. The family greatly appreciates the nurture and care provided by the staff at Lakewood Continuing Care Center as well as care and concern offered by Health Reach Hospice. In Thelma’s memory, donations may be made to Lakewood Continuing Care Center c/o Activities Department, 220 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville, ME 04901 or HealthReach Hospice, P.O. Box 828, Waterville, ME 04903-0828.