‘A Great Place to Come Home To’: Theresa Anderson Shriner

This is the twelfth of a series of profiles inspired by the sixth annual NCW Community Success Summit, held Nov. 12 in Waterville. This year’s event, organized by IRIS (Initiative for Rural Innovation & Stewardship), featured the theme “A Great Place to Come Home To,” celebrating the return of people from multi-generational families to the community as well as the contributions and successes of more recent arrivals who have chosen to make their home here. For more information about IRIS, visit www.irisncw.org. To sample more stories about Waterville and other NCW communities, visit the Listening Post Network.


By Cithlali Chavez

Theresa Anderson Shriner graduated from Waterville High School in 1985. Mrs. Shriner was one of the last babies to be born in Waterville when the clinic was a hospital. Mrs. Shriner has lived here her whole life. Theresa mentioned she “moved to Orondo for a little while, but then I came home.”

Mrs. Shriner admitted that she has never had the thought of leaving Waterville, except “sometimes, I would like to go to Ireland, but pretty much here.” Mrs. Shriner stated that she believes that Waterville is a great place to come home to because, “I thought it would be a wonderful place to raise my daughters, I like the community, and homey feeling.”

She admitted what she likes about our community saying, “I think it’s one big family and I think people take care of each other.” Mrs. Shriner stated that something that she would proudly share with outsiders about our lovely Waterville is “the sense of community, and love, and family, and it’s just a nice place to be.”

Today, Mrs. Shriner is working as a para pro at Waterville School. She’s living here with her family, and she really loves living in our little community.