Janette Lamson

Janette Lamson

May 10, 1920 - September 11, 2019
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RUMFORD POINT, ME - Seven children were raised on Saturday night beans, home baked biscuits, bread, pies, and donuts, abundant love, large quantities of laughter, and an infusion of the values of family, friends and simple living. Those children recently came together to support their mother, Janette F. Lamson, as she transitioned to the afterlife and reunited with their father/her husband, Bud, on September 11, 2019. She also went home to her parents Edith (Martin) and Lee Joel Thurston, her five sisters, and three of five brothers.

Janette Frances Thurston was born in Rumford Point, ME on May 10, 1920. Her father was a woodsman and owned several logging operations. Her mother oversaw their large farm and household on the Ellis River. Janette was the youngest of six girls, was a tomboy who ran the woods and fields and always opted to go to the upper pastures to fetch the cows home instead of doing evening dish duty. She loved nature, especially wildflowers, and often related the story of how she and sister Verna would always win the school’s most unusual plant contest because they knew where to locate a patch of skunk cabbages. Every season was her favorite - Spring blossoms, Summer berries, Fall harvests, Winter snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

Janette graduated from Rumford High School in 1938 and enrolled in the Golden Beauty School in Portland. There she became fast friends with Gertrude Beal who invited Janette to come visit with her family in Jonesport, ME. Gurch fixed Janette up on a blind date with a Down-East boy named Buddy Lamson. They continued to spend time together and on one evening attended a carnival. On the ferris wheel they shared a kiss that lasted the full circumference of the ride. They married in April 1941 and shared 67 years together.

Family history and heritage were very important to Janette and she took pride in her community. Memberships included the local Order of Pythion Sisters, where she held the office of Most Excellent Grand Chief. She served as a scout leader, belonged to the hospital auxiliary and supported congregational activities for both the Rumford Point and Rumford Center churches. She worked as a postmistress in Rumford Point and Hanover and continued to practice her skills of hairdressing - her daughters often the victims of her home perms.

Janette loved to bake. Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday and she’d prepare for days making pies, breads, cookies, candies and buckets of chex mix. She crafted quilts and beautiful braided rugs and knit sweaters and mittens of every size. She loved reading and music and was an avid storyteller, relating family histories, local folklore and tall tales from the logging camps. She took pride in her knowledge of every back road and “shortcut” and would go anywhere that might have an apple orchard or berry patch. Her grown children were located throughout the United States which provided she and Bud wonderful opportunities to travel. She delighted in the time she could spend with her grandchildren.

Janette is survived by her two “little” brothers: Marlin Thurston, 97, of Peru, ME and Harmon Thurston, 93, of Middlebury, VT; her children, Carol and John Sotman of Norway, ME, Lewis and Sydney Lamson of Ft. Worth, TX, Laura and Roger Brainerd of Rockland, ME, Jane and Greg Cunningham of Rockland, ME, Barbara and Michael Moss of Cape Elizabeth, ME, Lucille and Robert Reiner of Lecanto, FL, Jean and John Farnsworth of Vero Beach, FL; 18 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. She also leaves many nieces and nephews who think the world of her.

A celebration of Janette’s life is planned for Friday, October 11th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Rumford Center Meeting House in Rumford Center, ME.

The family extends sincere thanks and appreciation for the care and compassion received from the staff at Woodlands of Rockland, and Pen Bay Medical Center and Sussman House in Rockport. In lieu of flowers, please bestow a small gift of kindness to an elderly friend or stranger.

Donations can also be made to support the incredible services provided to families and their loved ones by the Sussman House, 40 Anchor Dr, Rockport, ME 04856.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.
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    Friday October 11, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Friday October 11, 2019 1:00pm
    Rumford Center MEeting Hall
    Route Two
    Rumford Center, Maine 04276
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    A gathering will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 PM


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Bill Gail Goodwin

Posted at 10:15am
Carol, John and family. We were very sorry to hear of the death of your mother. Although we did not know her, we know she was a wonderful woman by all the stories you told us about her. Our sincerest condolences.

Bill and Gail Goodwin
Bonaire, GA

Ron Leonard

Posted at 02:15pm
Such a beautiful and moving tribute to a wonderful lady ! I never realized that she grew up on what I knew as the Charlie House homestead. Growing up across the river in Rumford Corner, I spent a lot of time with my buddy Gerry Martin and we always seemed to end up around the kitchen table at the Lamsons. Mrs. Lamson was always the gracious hostess...always a smile and a laugh and great food! Great memories from a time when life was much simpler and easier to navigate. Laura, Godspeed to you and your extended families in this time of both sorrow and renewal

Lewis Lamson

Posted at 02:16pm
Lewis & Sydney Lamson,
Our son Shawn owned a single cab truck with a topper covering the bed and it is the month of June in Maine. We decided to go looking for moose in the Rangeleys. Lewis, Dad sat in the cab, with Shawn driving...Ma and I in the bed in back under the topper sitting on beach chairs and off we went searching for moose! This is what this amazing woman would do just to get out and about "Moose Hunting!" We had one heck of a good time laughing at ourselves on this wild ride in the back of a pick-up truck. Needless to say we were successful in spotting a total of seventeen moose during this crazy journey and also the fun we had to talk about it for many years later. We will greatly miss this wonderful Lady, Mother, Mom-in-law and "friend"! She was fun and a joy to be with and full of the adventure no matter where we went, nor "shortcuts" we took doing these adventures!! Love you Ma with all our hearts!!


Marcia Foss

Posted at 01:32pm
Aunt Janette was a lovely lady! I so enjoyed visiting her and the rest of her family when I was newly married to her nephew John. Her home was so welcoming....the coffee pot was always on and there were cookies in the jar, to be shared with anyone who dropped in. She was always genuinely happy to see us, and always made us feel special. I know she and her parents and siblings are happy to be together again, catching up. RIP Aunt Janette. You were loved and will be missed. Marcia Foss

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