Karen Humphrey Berry


Karen Humphrey Berry, 84, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. She had not been feeling well for some time, but had been active and involved, and was making plans for spring and summer. She went into the hospital Monday, met there by her daughter, Nancy Werth, who was with her when she died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, from a stroke and heart attack. By the end, it was a peaceful death.

Karen was born July 20, 1924, in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Edith E. and William E. Humphrey.

When a year old, she came to North Brooklin for the first of her 74 summers in Maine. She also spent many winters here, mostly in Blue Hill. Graduating from George Washington High School in Alexandria, Va., Karen attended college briefly before marrying her high school sweetheart, McRae Werth, in 1943. Their only child, Nancy, was born in 1947. After 30 years, they divorced, and several years later, Karen married Raymond F. Berry of Noank, Conn. They made their residence in Blue Hill and South Carolina, ultimately moving to Hendersonville, N.C. Ray died in 2006, and Karen continued living in Hendersonville until the summer of 2008, when she returned home to Blue Hill. During her adult years Karen was a homemaker, an antique dealer, in her first marriage she was the wife of an Episcopal minister (in itself a full-time job). She was a devoted member of the Episcopal Church, and a warm friend to many. She was known as a dramatic and funny storyteller, and a wonderful cook, especially of hors d’oeuvres. She loved to play bridge, and she always had a flower garden. She was usually into something artistic, and hooked many colorful rugs.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Werth of Milbridge; two stepdaughters, Darthea Brown and Carolyn Rymash of Noank, Conn.; two grandchildren, Carl Brown and Brooke Rymash; and two great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Alexis Brown.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2009, at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill, with a reception downstairs after the service. Internment will be held privately, at Seaside Cemetery, Blue Hill. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Blue Hill Library, P.O. Box 824, Blue Hill, the Tree of Life Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1329, Blue Hill or the St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church, Rector’s Discretionary Fund, P.O. Box 76, Blue Hill, ME 04614. Arrangements under the care of Jordan-Fernald, 141 South St., Blue Hill. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.

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