Sue Chung Thaxter, 49
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CUMBERLAND -- Sue Chung Thaxter, 49, of Cumberland passed away at the Gosnell
Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough on Dec. 18, 2013 with her family by her
She was born on Sept. 3, 1964 in New York City, the daughter of Han and Shu Min Chung. She grew up in the West Allis suburb of Milwaukee and attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison graduating with a BA with Honors in Journalism in 1986. She received a Masters Degree in Liberal Studies from NYU in 1991. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Sue had a successful career in journalism, working as a newspaper reporter and television producer. Among her proudest career achievements was an Emmy Award received for production work during the Centennial Olympic Summer Games.
In 1998 Sue married Jason Thaxter in Manhattan where they met and lived until moving to Maine in 2002. A devoted mother of three children, a loving friend, wife and daughter, Sue's kindness, and genuine interest in others never waned in spite of a decade long battle with cancer. She was on the board of the Prince Memorial Library and a vibrant presence in her community. A passionate sports fan, she loved the Patriots but remained a loyal 'cheesehead'. Sue was an enthusiast of The Sunday New York Times Crossword Puzzle which she enjoyed completing with her husband Jason.
Sue loved to travel and prevailed over extraordinary health challenges to realize her dream of traveling to the West Coast with her children to visit family and friends.
Sue is survived by her husband Jason Thaxter of Portland, and their three children Evan, Charlotte and Amelia Thaxter; her parents Han and Shu Min Chung; her brother Kai Chung and his wife Tish, and her brother Al and his wife Johnna; her father-in-law, Pete Thaxter and his wife, Mary McCann, mother-in-law, Wendy Thaxter and her husband Robert Somma; sister-in-law, Chelsea Thaxter and her husband Pierre DeGaillande, brothers-in-law, Trevor Thaxter and his wife Alison, and Langdon Thaxter; as well as a large extended family on both sides. She was predeceased by an infant daughter, Daisy.
The family would like to thank the numerous friends and extended family members as well as the staff at Gosnell House for their care, support and love during Sue's illness.
A memorial service will be held at the Congregational Church of Cumberland on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations in Sue's memory to either:
Gosnell Memorial Hospice House
11 Hunnewell Rd.
Scarborough, Maine 04074 or:
The Center for Grieving Children
P.O. Box 1438
Portland, Maine 04104
Sue Chung Thaxter
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 21, 2013