Alma Goodchild Hinkley

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Alma Goodchild Hinkley
1927 - 2017
AUGUSTA - Alma Goodchild Hinkley, 89, beloved wife of Curt Hinkley Jr., died on May 4, 2017, at the MaineGeneral Medical Center after a short illness.
Born in Augusta, Alma was the daughter of Delphis and Sadie Goodchild. Alma grew up loving people and had the personality to match. She liked best being among friends and family, talking, and enjoying life. Her friendships were long-lasting, including childhood friendships that endured to her last days.
Alma attended Augusta schools. At Cony, she was active in Student Council and school clubs, and was voted the first female Youth Day Mayor of Augusta for a day. For all four years she was a cheerleader and participated in Chizzle Wizzle - especially renowned for her dancing. During her last two years she was dance assistant for Delvina Slosberg Mudge of Augusta and the Betty Curry School of Dance in Gardiner. She also entertained for many service clubs in the Augusta, Gardiner, and Winthrop areas.
Alma and Curt raised their family in what evolved into the Mayfair development in Augusta. As owners of one of the first dozen houses they watched the area expand while all neighborhood kids enjoyed an idyllic childhood playing in the fields and woods. They were among the parents who collectively raised a neighborhood of kids, held block parties, cookouts, 4th of July parades, and called kids into the house only as night fell. Alma and Curt also endlessly followed and encouraged their sons in sports, especially baseball.
Alma and Curt built a camp on Lake Maranacook where the family created many memories. After retiring they spent winters in Nokomis, Fla., eventually purchasing a home in Sun City Center, Fla. where they lived fulltime until Curt's death, after which Alma returned to Maine to be closer to family.
Alma worked for the Kennebec Valley Community Chest, was Administrative Assistant for the Maine Hospital Association and served as the MHA liaison for the Maine Hospital Auxiliaries. Alma later was Executive Assistant for the Pine Tree Organization for Professional Standards Review (PSRO).
While living in Augusta she was active in J.C. Wives, Farrington PTA, Women's Club of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Den Mother for Cub Scouts, and taught Sunday school for many years. Alma also volunteered for the American Red Cross, the Cancer Society, Augusta Nature Club and was a member of the Natanis and Westernview Golf Clubs.
In Florida she was active in the South Bay Hospital Volunteers, Senior Friends of South Bay Hospital, Sun City Lapidary Club, the Red Hat Society, the New England Club, Low Vision Club, and a member of the Nokomis Golf Club.
Alma and Curt had a special relationship with the 'Rivelli Girls' - Marsha Sanborn and Nancy Croteau - who became the daughters that Alma and Curt never had. That loving relationship continued through Alma's very last days.
During her high school years Alma found a lifelong friend in Mary 'Ma' O'Connell, a teacher at Cony. Mary's husband, Okie, helped Alma and Curt buy their first home, and the two families were later adjoining neighbors on Second Avenue where the friendship continued to flourish.
After her return to Maine Alma continued to stay in touch with dear friends she had in Florida. She also enjoyed new friendships, notably those of the caring neighbors she enjoyed so much and to whom she was so grateful. She had many treasured friends with whom she talked and visited frequently, and was especially fond of her Cony 1946 classmates (who held their 70th reunion in 2016).
Alma was predeceased by her husband, Curt Hinkley. Survivors include son Richard Hinkley and his wife, Gail, of Augusta and son Curtis 'Bud' Hinkley of Lake Elsinore, Calif.; grandsons Aaron, 'Boomer,' Cody, and Richie; great-grandchildren Leelu Hinkley, Jaiden Bowley, and Lyra Hinkley; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The family is grateful to those who gave Alma such tender medical care: Dr. Roger Hall & Sarah (whom Alma claimed always deserves a raise) who provided care over the years and spirited banter which she loved; and to the 3 West Nursing Team and doctors of MaineGeneral Medical Center who provided such compassionate care in Alma's last days.
A private ceremony will be held at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery. It is anticipated that a memorial celebration will be held in July to celebrate Alma's life and what would have been her 90th birthday. Plans will be announced later.
Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church Street, Augusta, where condolences to the family and reminiscences may be shared via the funeral home web site at www.khrfuneralhomes.com











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Published in Central Maine on May 10, 2017