Kathleen Tebolt-Bushey

NORTH REDINGTON BEACH, Fla. – Kathleen Tebolt-Bushey, 80, passed away peacefully on May 10, 2021 at her home in North Redington Beach, Fla. with her daughter, husband and caregiver Clair Abbott by her side.

Kathleen was raised in Waterville and moved to Alaska with her husband in 1963. She graduated with high honors in the Nursing Program at the University of Maine in Augusta in 1978 and started her long nursing and teaching career. She worked at Thayer, Osteopathic and Seton Hospitals before establishing her own Medicare Certified Home Health Care Agency in 1986 (Tebolt and Bolduc). Kathleen later expanded her business and established Helping Hands and Helping Hands Trade School in 1994. Kathleen authored the first State of Maine approved Personal Care Assistant Training Program.

Her joy of teaching also led to contributing funds at her discretion to build a school addition in the Playa Flamingo area of Costa Rica where she wintered for 15 years. She and her husband were honored to be the 2012 King and Queen of the annual Mardi Gras celebrations in Playa Flamingo and raised thousands of dollars for local charities, churches, individual causes, seniors, community projects and schools. Kathleen enjoyed her yearly ritual of going to Las Vegas or Atlantic City and when she moved to Florida liked a trip to Hard Rock every once in a while.

Kathleen was predeceased by a daughter Robin; husband Edward Tebolt; and her parents William Peter and Constance (O’Donnell) Brown.

She is survived by her husband, Lee; son William Tebolt and wife Cheryl of The Villages, Fla., daughter Kimberly Tebolt-Nowak and husband Joseph Nowak of Chester, Conn., stepsons Jason Bushey and partner Debbie of Starks, Benjamin Bushey and partner Jill of Topsham; sister Ellen and husband Gerald Gerlach of Skowhegan and brother Patrick Brown and wife Linda of Waterville. Also surviving are the Nowak daughters, Kimberly and Nicole.

Services will be determined by family at a later date.

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