In Memory of



Obituary for Janet Thibodeau

Stillwater - Janet Parsons Thibodeau, 89, passed away peacefully at her home in Stillwater on May 4, 2022. She was born in Swansville, one of nine siblings, on October 28, 1932. Being the oldest girl, she had a lot of responsibility of her younger siblings. Jan was proud to be part of a large close-knit family. While in high school, a blind date was arranged at a Grange dance by her older brothers with a young man named Donald. He would become the love of her life and they would be married on November 1, 1952. They went on to build their house together while raising two children, Linda and Rodney. Summers were spent at the family camp on Pushaw Pond where extended families would gather for coffee and brownies, boating and swimming. One afternoon, 23 kids in life jackets were counted on the lake.

For 32 years, Jan served the faculty and students as the food service manager at the Damn Yankee at the University of Maine. She set high standards for herself and staff.
As an active member of the Stillwater Federated Church, Jan took great pride in her many creations for the Church Fair, including floral arrangements, wreaths, jams, candy, aprons, doll and dog clothes. Later in life, Jan married Robert Thibodeau. They enjoyed entertaining family and friends with elegant luncheon parties and spending their winter months in Daytona Beach with family.

Jan was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald Parsons Jr., her third husband Robert Thibodeau; brothers, Paul Cookson, Frank Cookson, Kenneth (Peanut) Cookson and Fred Pollard; her grandson, Andrew Tukey. She is survived by her children, Linda Tukey and husband, James, of Readfield, and Rodney Parsons, of Anderson, South Carolina; her grandson, Donald Parsons III, and wife, Cassandra, of Augusta Maine; granddaughter, Miranda and husband, Derrick Holder, of San Tan Valley, Arizona, grandson, Daniel Tukey, of South Yarmouth Massachusetts; beloved and adored great grandchildren, Brooke and Donald Parsons IV, of Gray Maine; sisters, Donna Laskey and husband, Harold (Buzz) of Bradley, Mary Young, of Fairfield, Betty White, of Old Town; brother, A. John Pollard and wife, Wendy, of Hampden; and many nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to neighbor Judy Nickerson for her ongoing help, and to Chris and Liz who assisted in caring for Jan in her final hours. Thank you to Jan’s niece, Bobbi for her generous support and bringing cheer with Zelma and Miles; also, her devoted sister, Mary who visited weekly.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice. A celebration of life will be held at the camp on Pushaw Pond later this summer.