|Birth: ||Jan. 9, 1945|
|Death: ||Apr. 7, 2007|
Katherine M. Benson, 62 passed away peacefully on April 2, 2007. She was comfortable and happily at her home in Hampden surrounded by her loving family, as she wished. With a positive attitude and love of life, she fought her 13 year battle with breast cancer with unbelievable strength and dignity. Heaven has gained an inspirational, beautiful soul.
Kathie was born January 9, 1945, in Lowell, MA., the only child of Raymond and Marion Ball. After graduating from Keith Hall in 1962, Kathie worked at St. Joseph hospital. She then began her most fulfilling career of raising three daughters. She eventually moved to Ashland. It was there that she learned how to grow vegetables and flowers. Canning, freezing, farming, cooking, and sewing were new adventures that she enjoyed her entire life. Including running a vegetable stand at home.
She was very proud of the fact that she was the first woman to be employed by Pinkham Lumber for 6 years. Other adventures lead her to Barnstead, NH in 1987. She worked 5 years as a seamstress for Concord State Hospital, as well as 8 years at Wiley Enterprises. She enjoyed working with the public. Weekends were spent at her vegetable stand in the sun on Lake Winnipesaukee. After moving to Bangor in 1995, Kathie received many awards while working as an account specialist for MBNA and was frequently a member of the "Captains Club".
For the last 12 years, Kathie resided in Hampden with her husband David. David and Kathie enjoyed each other with an indescribable love and companionship that was created to last a lifetime and beyond. Always planning for their future and smiling about the past. Kathie and David enjoyed traveling to Florida, Aruba and Ireland. Some of her most enjoyable moments were spent with her family and grandchildren, whom she loved dearly.
Surviving are her husband David, daughters, Robin Anthony and husband Kenny of FL., Shelley and Glen Claflin of NH, and Becky and Gene Caron of Glenburn. Grandchildren, Brandi Anthony, Jeffrey Belanger and Lydia Caron. Extended family, Rev. Howard and Eva Benson, Karen and Tom Snappe, Kathie Benson, Donna McMahon, Tim Benson, nieces, nephews, and special friends. Special cousins, Bette Ann, Al, Marion and Jackie. Furry friends, "Sam" and "Duncan". She was predeceased by her parents, husband Stephen Hews, and a grandson Micheal Nicholas Gibbons.
Katherine's family thanks CancerCare of Maine and New Hope Hospice for the comfort and care they gave to her and them during her illness.
Family and friends are invited to call 6-8 P.M. Thursday at the Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden. A funeral service will be held 3 P.M. Friday at the First United Methodist Church of Brewer, with the Rev. Dr. George E.Curtis, III, pastor, officiating. Interment will be later in the springtime at Cowan Cemetery, Sidney. Messages of condolence or memories may be shared through www.hampdengilpatrick.com.
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