Obituary for Theresa A. McKenney (Gove)
Theresa A. McKenney (Gove), age 68, died Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the Alfond Center for Health in Augusta following a long illness. She was born in Augusta, ME on March 27, 1949 a daughter of the late Lawrence Gove, Sr. and Simone (Blouin) Gove. Theresa was lovingly raised by her grandparents, Leslie and Eva Gove of Weeks Mills.
Theresa was a 1967 graduate of Erskine Academy and was a member of the Palermo Snowmobile Club. In 1988, she married Dennis McKenney of Palermo. She was happy to be part of the McKenney family of Palermo for almost thirty years. They embraced her and her family as their own. She always enjoyed their family gatherings around birthdays and holidays, as well as summer afternoons at Westshores on Sheepscot Lake. As a third-generation upholsterer, she was the owner/operator of Country Loft Upholstery for over 30 years. Being self employed allowed her the flexibility to have her grandchildren get off the bus at “Nanny’s” house and enjoy time with her until they were picked up at night.
Theresa loved the outdoors and enjoyed many trips to Loony Town, a camp that she and her husband built on Loon Lake in northern Maine. Many of those trips included two vehicles loaded with grandchildren to enjoy animal spotting, fishing, swimming, and of course plenty of snacks. Taking after her mother, she also loved dogs. She had many of them through the years and was absolutely heartbroken anytime she had to say goodbye to one. Her green thumb kept her busy in the summer and fall, as she enjoyed tending to flowers and vegetables. In the fall she was likely to be found canning the goods from the garden, much of which was given away to loved ones for the winter. She was a devoted follower of Oprah Winfrey as well as any celebrity with Oprah’s endorsement. Her spirit will be missed.
Theresa was pre-deceased by two brothers: Leroy and Daniel Gove, as well as a special nephew, Sonny Gove.
She is survived by her husband, Dennis J. McKenney of Palermo; son Scott Pilsbury and his companion Diana Bickford of Windsor; son Joseph Pilsbury and his wife Natalie of Westbrook; daughter Angela Plummer and her husband Jeffrey of Palermo; three brothers: Lawrence Gove, Jr. and his wife Jackie of Pittston, Robert Gove and his wife Sheila of Windsor and Richard Gove of Whitefield; a sister, Shirley Hopkins and her husband Timothy of Augusta; 14 grandchildren Zachary Plummer and his wife Chantel, Deidra Wilson and her husband Scott, Paige Plummer and her companion David Palleschi, Jake Pilsbury, Frankie Pilsbury, Scott Pilsbury, Micheala Pilsbury and her companion Guy Leeman, Donald, Mark, Joseph, Reed, Annabell, Mia and Owen Pilsbury; 5 great grandchildren: Jeffrey and Jameson Plummer, Mayla and Matthew Wilson and Dolly Jane Pilsbury as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the doctors and nurses at the Alfond Center for Health for the care and compassion they showed to Theresa and the family during her illness.
At her request, there will be no public visiting hours. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 14th at 1 PM at the Erskine Academy gymnasium in So China. Burial will follow in Hannan Cemetery, Palermo.
Those who desire may make donations in Theresa's memory to: Kennebec Valley Humane Society, 10 Pet Haven Lane, Augusta, ME, 04330.