On November 19, 2016, Thea Thacher entered into the life eternal. Her daughter Wendy wrote the obituary below. A funeral service and reception will be held on Wednesday, November 30 at 11am at Grace Episcopal Church. All are welcome to attend.
Rest eternal grant unto her, O Lord;
And let light perpetual shine upon her.
Althea (Thea) Dulcie Thacher, aged 82, was born at home in Hyde Park of Boston, Massachusetts on November 9th, 1934. She is predeceased by her parents Edwin and Florence (Florrie) Gertrude Madge, husband Col. William Fredson (Fred) Thacher, Jr., sister Noreen Foster, and brothers John (Jack) and Edwin (Fellah) Madge; survived by her three children, of whom she was very proud, Darrell Thacher of Maryland, Dr. Wendy Jensen of New Hampshire, and Holly Etheredge of Texas, 8 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Thea and Fred eloped to Syracuse, NY in 1955.
Her father served in the Canadian army during WW 1 as a sniper, then later worked as a milkman. Her mother was born in England along with three sisters, then lived in South Africa, after which she moved to Canada and then the United States to marry and raise her family. Thea’s mother supported the family by working in a metal factory during the war, then in a toll booth with the Boston Elevated Company. She also had training to teach piano. Florrie was fiercely independent, and this trait was passed on to Thea.
Being many years younger than her siblings, Thea grew up having special times alone with her mother and her youngest brother Fellah. Fellah would secretly take her to the horror movies that she loved, even though they gave her nightmares. She had a favorite dog named Bob who would leave the house in time to get to school and walk her home. Thea always felt close to God, particularly loving St. Francis, because he shared her special love for all animals.
Thea earned an R.N. from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on an academic scholarship. She insisted on being treated with respect while in her nurse’s uniform, earning the nickname of General Midge for her manner and small stature. After retirement Thea pursued many community service activities including knitting mittens for children in need, teaching adults to read, fostering and placing shelter animals, studying turtles on Padre Island in Texas, and supporting teenage mothers in need. She also worked at the Lakota Reservation, and a chimpanzee sanctuary.
The family lived in many different states as well as India and Iran. Thea had her children attend the international school in Iran rather than the American school, thus introducing them to many different cultures.
Thea died peacefully at home in Concord, New Hampshire, November 19th, 2016.
In lieu of flowers, and to celebrate her love of animals, especially those in need, donations are joyfully accepted to either Live and Let Live Farm [liveandletlivefarm.org at 20 Paradise Lane in Chichester, NH, 03258]; or the Pope Memorial SPCA of Concord Merrimack County [popememorialspca.org at 94 Silk Farm Road in Concord, NH, 03301, phone 603-856-8756]. May Thea be at peace.