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Theressa Leona Knowles Gould (1924-2017)

Theressa Leona Knowles Gould

AVON - Theressa Leona Knowles Gould, 93, passed away on Monday afternoon, Sept. 4, 2017.

She was born on March 30, 1924 in Arlington, Virginia, the daughter of Frank and Ola (Bean) Knowles.

They lived in the Jones Point Lighthouse, on the Potomac River, in Arlington, Virginia. She told of her mother making wool swimsuits for her and her sisters to swim in the river. She attended Wilton grade school and Farmington High School. For many years, Theressa worked for Forster Manufacturing in Dryden and Strong. She often encountered unplowed snow laden roads on her travel home from work to cook supper and hang out laundry by flashlight in the freezing temperatures.

On Nov. 8, 1958, she married Ivan Gould Sr. in Phillips. They resided in his family’s farm on the Mile Square Road in Avon until it was destroyed by fire in 1963; they rebuilt on the same spot only to lose that house to another fire in 1983. Once again, they constructed on the same foundation, where now her pretty flower gardens surround her immaculately kept home and stunning roses adorn the walkway.

Theressa was, to say the least, a very active lady. She enjoyed camping, picture taking, reading, hunting, cooking, shopping, bicycling, ice skating and cross country skiing. She traveled to Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii and wintered for 20 years in Florida with her husband. She had a love for her dogs, and her polished cars which were red, of course. She rode her motorcycle from the time she was 40 to the age of 70. She took advantage of free senior alpine skiing at Saddleback into her 70’s, and at 80 she was rollerblading, swimming daily, gardening and canning. On her 90th birthday, she drove her snowmobile from Avon to Kingfield and back.

She was frugal, a true free spirit, and a sun worshiper. She would say, “If you sit down, you’ll be down."

Theressa is survived by; her husband of 59 years, Ivan Gould Sr. Of Avon; and her sister, Constance “Virginia” Presby, age 97, of Connecticut. She leaves behind; four daughters, Olivia Morrell and husband Donald of Belgrade, Maureen Abbott and husband Timothy of Phillips, Rae Ann Luce and husband Ralph of Strong, and Vanessa Gould of Avon; two step-sons, Ivan Gould Jr. Of Strong, Roy Gould and wife Debbie of Florida; step-daughter, Adrah Taylor and husband Eddie of Freeman; 11 grandchildren, Scott, Stoney, Stewart, Theressa, Tricia, Sabrina, Mandy, Chancell, Raechell, Lorren and Janessa; 24 great grandchildren; and 17 great, great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by; her parents; her siblings, James and Myron Young, Gladys Hobert, Florence Eustis, Francis Swain, Frank Knowles Jr.; and one step-son, Raymond Gould.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Androscoggin Home Health Care. Donations in Theressa’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Animal Shelter, 550 Industry Rd., Farmington, ME 04938, or to the Androscoggin Home Health Care, 15 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston, ME  04240.

A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 11 am at the Mile Square Cemetery in Avon, with Rev. John Gensel officiating. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 488 Farmington Falls Rd., Farmington, ME 04938.

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  1. Our condolences to her family. Always liked her..she was a good person!

  2. Words are just not enough. I have known Theressa and your family for many years. She always touched my heart. The memories will last forever, from that first ride up Mile Square, from the Strong school bus, to our last fishing trip. May you all be at peace. Love you

  3. so very very sorry for you loss, prayers to all for fast healing

  4. So sorry for the Loss. My thoughts are with the family and friends. :(

  5. To Ivan and Family: We are so very sorry for your loss. For many years, we watched Mrs. Gould walk Miles Square. She was always so friendly, with neighborly greetings and conversation. Rest in Peace, Mrs. G.

  6. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you may she R.I.P. Beanie and Lauraly.

  7. Sending our condolences to Ivan and his family, You are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time.

  8. My thoughts and Prayers are with Ivan and all the Family, Was always nice to see Theressa and Ivan on their walks by the house. A wonderful neighbor. She will be missed by all.

  9. Offering prayers of support and comfort to Ivan and the family of Theressa Gould!

  10. She was always kind to us kids next door growing up! So sorry for her whole family!

  11. So sorry for your loss, Rae Ann. Your mom sounds like a person who had a very full and happy life. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  12. My condolences to Ivan and her family. It was a privilege to have known you. You made my Friday mornings come alive. Gene and I will miss you very much. Fridays will never be the same for us... R.I.P. SWEET LADY.

  13. Very sorry for your loss. I will seeing her walking on the hill. Hugs and prayers Vanessa, Janessa and Marley.

  14. I used to wait on your mother&father at Goodwin Dairy in Farmington and I think some of you girls a long time ago. We used to see you quite often. seeing her picture brought back some fond memories. I'm sorry for your loss. Pam Hyde

  15. My deepest sympathies to Theressa's family. She was a dear , wonderful lady......I enjoyed her company every Friday morning at my shop, like clock work. She always dressed to the nines, and loved new jewelry.....we had so many great conversations about both. She will be greatly missed. So sorry.