Thelma “Tina” E. (Washburn) Messer, 90, a long-time resident of Swanzey and formerly of Keene died while sleeping on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at Alpine Care Center in Keene.
She was born the daughter of the late Viola (Grover) and Lester Washburn on March 22, 1931, in Peterborough. She was educated in Peterborough graduating from Peterborough High School class of 1940. She went on in her studies graduating from the New York City Beauty Academy in 2042.
On March 23, 1954, she exchanged vows with Bruce E. Messer at the United Church of Christ in Keene. They were married with family and friends in attendance. Sadly, Bruce passed on April 8, 2016, after sixty-two years of marriage.
Tina worked for the MBP Co. in Keene as a manufacturer for three years retiring in 1995. Prior, she had worked at Chrystal Restaurant in Keene as a Maitre D for eight years.
She was a long-time member of the United Church of Christ in Keene for forty-five years and later the First Congregational Church of Swanzey for over twenty years. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens. Helping at the church with various projects. She gave freely of her time and financially to various children’s charities. Tina was also civically minded. She was a fifty-year member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Fire Fighters in Keene.
Tina is survived by extended family and friends.
In keeping with Tina’s wishes, there were no calling hours. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, August 28, 2021, at 10 am. in the family lot at Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. Flowers will gladly be accepted However, she would prefer donations be made in memory of Thelma E. Messer to:
Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHAD)
One Medical Center Dr.
Lebanon, NH. 03748.
All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446.