- Karen Ann White (Hartford), born Oct. 11, 1945, passed away peacefully at her camp on Lake Wassookeag in Dexter, Maine, on May 24, 2017, surrounded by family. She is survived by her husband of nearly 52 years, Norman E. White, son, Christopher White, (Old Town, ME), daughter, Nadine White Holden, (Durham). Grandchildren Scott Christopher and Nicholas Leslie White, and Lianna Faith Holden, sisters Mary Ellen Hill, Patricia Jean Brawn, brothers, Richard Hartford, Dale Hartford and wife Cheryl, Thomas Hartford and wife Robin, five nieces and nephews, and twelve great-nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her mother Francis Mary (Harrington) Hartford and her father Chester Hartford.
Karen attended Dexter schools, graduating in 1963. After marrying in 1965, she stayed at home and raised her children, enjoyed gardening, reading, sewing, all types of crafts, baking, and putting on family meals. Family was always important to Karen, the children and grandchildren all held a place in her heart. The days she spent at the beach, Wolf Neck Park, camp, and overnights or over-weeks were some of her fondest memories. She looked forward to family gatherings, especially at the camp where there was room for many to gather at once.
She graduated from USM in 1991 with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. The first job was a reading assistant, in Durham. A library position opened up in Durham and she was hired as librarian. In1997 she earned her Masters in Library Science from University of South Carolina. Durham Elementary School employed her as the school librarian until she retired, in 2008. Retirement found her volunteering in the library at school and substituting in classrooms, especially at the middle school. Believing that every person should share their talents, she was a Girl Scout leader for 10 years, served on the Conservation Commission, started a Friends of Durham Library group, volunteered at the Durham School, served on the Building Committee for the new school finished in 2010, and was a member of Saint Jude's Parish in Freeport. She was also an active member of the Dexter Lake Association, and of the Maine Student Book Award committee.
There was a quote that she always loved: "In 100 years it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I had or what kind of clothes I wore, but it will matter that I was important in the life of a child." A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Jude's Catholic Church in Freeport, Maine, on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow in the church basement. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Durham Community School for the Library Book Fund, 654 Hallowell Rd., Durham. Maine 04222 or Sarah's House at 346 Main Rd., Holden, Maine 04429 or plant a daffodil or other plant somewhere in remembrance of her. Condolences may be accessed online at www.albert-burpee.com.
Published on  May 30, 2017