Karen W. Thompson, obituary

Mon, 04/05/2021 - 8:00pm

SPRUCE HEAD — Karen W. Thompson, 77, passed away Sunday, March 21, 2021 at the Sussman House in Rockport.

Born at Knox General Hospital in Rockland, August 22, 1943, she was the daughter of Margaret J. (Norman) and Sumner R. Waldron. Her father died while in service to his country during World War II, before ever meeting his daughter.

Karen’s mother later married Kenneth L. Drinkwater. Karen grew up in Spruce Head with her family where she attended local schools. She was a 1961 graduate of Rockland High School.

Karen enjoyed camping, driving fast, laying around in the sun reading a book, teaching everyone how to water ski and knit. She loved going to Florida with her family and several times, bringing home a new Cadillac. She
loved hummingbirds, lady slippers and spending time with her family plus her extended family from Mic Mac Cove Campground, where she was the grandmother to all the kids.

Karen worked at VanBaalen’s then went to work as a cook at St. George School. She later moved on to spend the rest of her career at Marine Colloids (FMC) until she had to retire due to a horrible stroke. She spent the rest of her life at her home in Spruce Head until her beloved husband and caregiver, Peter, passed away in 2017.

From that time until her passing she resided at Winward Gardens in Camden, where she enjoyed a lot of good times and help from all the nurses along the way.

Other than her parents and husband, Karen was predeceased by her in laws, Elmer and Terri Thompson; her brothers, Alan and Clyde Drinkwater; and a nephew Ryan Birch.

She is survived by her sister, Patrica Birch of Spruce Head; her sister-in-law, Diane Drinkwater of Owls Head; her son, Craig Thompson and his wife Kim of Levant; three wild grandchildren, Corey Thompson and his wife Jacki, Travis Thompson and his better-half Kristi Smith, Ashley Thompson and her fiancé Jacob Butman, all of Spruce Head; six great-grandchildren, Charley Rose Thompson, Gavin and Dilon Porter, Caroline Irene Lyon, Jude Anthony Butman; Cash, her black fur baby; the mother of her grandchildren, Valerie Brackett of Spruce Head as well as several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held March 25, 2021 at Ocean View Cemetery, South Thomaston. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Midcoast Shriners $100 Million Club, 549 Flanders Corner Road,
Waldoboro, ME 04572.

To share a memory or story with Karen’s family, please visit their online Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com. Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home,