Sister Martha Helen Thibodeau, OSU
February 21, 1927 – September 16, 2020
Sister Martha Helen Thibodeau, OSU, entered eternal life on September 16, 2020, in Waterville, Maine.
Born in Sanford, Maine, on Feb. 21, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Helen and Ernest Thibodeau. She professed her vows as an Ursuline on January 16, 1951. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English, with minors in art and French, from The College of New Rochelle in New York. She received a master’s degree in English from Boston College and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Maine Orono.
Sister Martha used her diverse college education to teach the children of Sanford. As an Ursuline, she served in many places in Maine including St. John’s in Brunswick, St. Ignatius and Holy Family in Lewiston, Notre Dame in Springvale and Mount Merici in Waterville. She also served the community of St. Angela’s in Bronx, New York. While in Waterville, Sister Martha also spent time volunteering at the Waterville Public Library, Colby College and Thayer Hospital.
She is predeceased by her parents; and her siblings, Ruth J. T. Barberie, Raymond A. Thibodeau, Cathrine E. Thibodeau and Alma Morin.
She is survived by her siblings, Mrs. Ernestine Lovell of Sanford; Mrs. Cecile Brown Jr. of Pleasant Hill, California; Lucille Thibodeau of Anniston, Alabama; Leo T. Thibodeau of Falls Church, Virginia; Philip L. Thibodeau of Springfield, Massachusetts; Mrs. Claire Garrity of Carlisle, Pennsylvania; Mrs. Rose Devarenne of Horn Lake, Mississippi; and Henry Thibodeau of Springvale.
Services will be private at St. Angela’s Convent Chapel and the Ursuline Cemetery.