Theresa A. (Gove) McKenney

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Theresa A. (Gove) McKenney
1949 - 2017
PALERMO - Theresa A. (Gove) McKenney, 68, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at the Alfond Center for Health in Augusta, following a long illness. She was born in Augusta, on March 27, 1949, the 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 30 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 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 predeceased 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, and Donald, Mark, Joseph, Reed, Annabell, Mia and Owen Pilsbury; five 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 Saturday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m. at the Erskine Academy gymnasium in South China. Burial will follow in Hannan Cemetery, Palermo. Arrangements are under the care of Plummer Funeral Home, Windsor Chapel, 983 Ridge Rd., Route 32, Windsor. Condolences, photos and stories may be shared at: www.plummerfh.com.

Those who desire may make
donations in Theresa's memory to:
Kennebec Valley Humane Society
10 Pet Haven Lane
Augusta, ME 04330



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Published in Central Maine on Oct. 5, 2017