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Effie Jean Tero-Tesch

Date of Death: February 25, 2017

Date of Birth: August 4, 1926


AUGUSTA - Effie Jean Tero-Tesch, 90, passed away peacefully and went to be with her Lord and Savior on Feb. 25, 2017, at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta. She was born August 4, 1926, in Medford, Mass. She was the daughter of William A. and Gladys (Cook) Tero.

Effie was educated in Medford, Mass. and she enjoyed Continuing Education throughout her life. She first worked at Purdy's in Boston processing Kodak film. She married the father of her children Billy Ray Tabor and lived in West Virginia, before moving to Maine in 1953, where she raised her family and many Foster children.

She was employed at the Augusta Mental Health Institution and Augusta General Hospital where she worked in the Admitting Office. Effie taught piano lessons to many local children and in surrounding towns. She was very active in her children's school functions; sewing new uniforms for the Cheerleading team, organizing and participating in the PTA, and fund raising for the schools. She played the piano for many of the surrounding schools for graduations and helped direct musical programs. She used her musical talents by teaching and directing choirs at the North Windsor Baptist Church and the Cox Memorial Church in Hallowell. She also directed the Vacation Bible School Program at North Windsor Baptist Church for many years. Effie had many interests and hobbies and was always learning something new. She was very creative and enjoyed art, painting and drawing. She enjoyed birds and plants and flowers and loved the many different churches and religions that she attended and studied. She liked people and always had a complement or two for them.

In the fall of 1969, Effie moved to Revere, Mass. She went back to school and made another career change to the profession of Maternity Care Technician. She worked at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital for many years and helped delivered hundreds of babies into this world. Her most joyous was the delivery of her first grandchild. She just loved to tell people that she delivered her own granddaughter. Effie changed careers again and moved to Florida towards her retirement years. She worked at Teledyne in Ocala, Fla., soldering small components onto chips. Mom said she never had a job that she didn't' like. Always challenging and always learning.

Effie lived in Florida until her health declined and then returned to Maine in the fall of 2011. From a hospital in Florida she went to Glenridge Healthcare Facility. They were able to rehabilitate her so she was able to live in an Assisted Living environment where she moved to the Alzheimer's Health Care in Gardiner. She said she was very blessed to be able to live in this facility. She loved the home and especially the people that cared for her. She enjoyed her life at the Alzheimer's Care Center. All the care givers enjoyed her and it showed. She was able to enjoy this home for many years. In December mom fell. She went to the hospital and was operated on and was moved to Glenridge. She didn't mind she remembered how she liked it there and some staff still remembered her. Mom developed complications and spent her last 11 days at MaineGeneral Medical Center. The care and compassion for her and family was incredible.

The family wants to thank the Alzheimer's Care Center in Gardiner for the exceptional care and love that they provided mom over the years. We want to thank the MaineGeneral's Rehab and Long Term Care - Glenridge facility for their care and compassion. We also want to thank the doctors of MaineGeneral Medical Center and all the caregivers that cared for mom all of which were extraordinary. Thank you to the MaineGeneral Hospice team and Devin, hospital Chaplin. Thank you all for the care and comfort provided to mom and for all the support that was provided to our family.

Effie was predeceased by her parents; husbands; Billy Ray Tabor; Joseph Gudinski and John Tesch. She is survived by her son William J. Tabor and wife Susan of Rhode Island, daughters Margaret Davis and Joyce Perry of Windsor; three grandchildren; Nacole Davis of Massachusetts, Benjamin Tabor of Vermont and Vernon Perry II of Windsor. Special childhood friend Dot Kidney of Waldoboro and special friend Janice Choate of Windsor.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. 

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