Muriel M. Pinkham, obituary

Wed, 01/26/2022 - 12:45pm

THOMASTON — Muriel M. Pinkham, 93, long-time Thomaston resident, died peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Sussman Hospice House in Rockport.

Born in Camden, June 18, 1928, she was the daughter of Charles C. and Dorothy E. Ludwig Childs. Educated locally, Muriel was a 1945 graduate of Union High School, graduating as Valedictorian of her class. Following graduation she attended the Bates Business College, graduating in 1946.

Shortly after graduation, Muriel married Raymond B. Pinkham, Jr. in Union on June 6, 1948. Together they resided in Bath where her husband was a student at University of Maine. In the fall of 1949, the couple moved to Orono, living on the University of Maine campus. While there, Muriel worked in Old Town at the Moose River Shoe Company as a secretary. Relocating again in pursuit of Ray’s employment, the couple moved to Pennsylvania, where they resided from 1952 until 1957. It was then, they returned to their beloved Maine, residing here together until Mr. Pinkham’s passing in 1997.

A homemaker and caregiver at heart, Mrs. Pinkham stayed at home with her three children until the youngest began school. At that time, she began her own very successful career selling Avon in the Thomaston and Rockland area for over 40 years.

She was always active in her community, serving as a member and past Matron of the Eastern Star Grace Chapter #93 and a Past Grand Representative to the State of Iowa; as well as a member of the Thomaston Grange and the Rebekah’s, holding offices in both of those orders. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, and Thomaston Senior Citizens, as well as a very active member of the Federated Church in Thomaston, serving as the Financial Secretary for several years. For over 50 years she served as the Ballot Clerk for the Town of Thomaston.

When she wasn’t busy serving her community and others, Muriel like to kick back and play games with her family and friends. She rarely missed an episode of Lawrence Welk and her favorite game shows. Her family knew if the Boston Celtics were on, not to call Muriel, she wouldn’t answer anyway. She NEVER missed a game and often molded her schedule around theirs. She also enjoyed a ‘post game wrap up call’ with her close friend Faye after every televised game.

Muriel will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Predeceased by her husband, Raymond; her grandson Corey Hyler, sister-in-law Virginia Kennedy and her husband John of Cumberland Center and her companion and friend George Ames; Muriel is survived by her children, Yvonne M. Drown-Miller and her husband Maurice of Hope, Lu-Ann Hyler and her husband Buddy of Thomaston, Timothy C. Pinkham of Thomaston; her grandchildren, Tanya Knaide and her husband Matthew, Janelle Tompkins and her husband Benjamin, Darren Hyler, Jared Drown; her great-grandchildren, Arianna Cloutier, Sydney Knaide, Tyler Tompkins, Alyson Tompkins, Madelyn Drown, and Zoey Drown; adopted sister Claire Frye of Camden; a companion and friend Edwin “Bud” Lee of Portland; a son-in-law, Earl Drown of Gardiner, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Muriel’s life will be held Saturday, February 5, 2022, at 2 p.m., at the Federated Church of Thomaston, 8 Hyler Street. Masks are required for all in attendance. For those unable to attend in-person, a live-stream of the service will be available on Muriel’s Book of Memories at Please join by clicking on Muriel’s photo, then the ‘Photos and Videos Tab’, then ‘Watch Webcast’. Private interment will be held in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Federated Church, Building Fund, 8 Hyler Street, Thomaston, ME 04861, or the Sussman Hospice House, 40 Anchor Drive, Rockport, ME 04841.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.