2018-02-08 / Obituaries

Carolyn B. Harrington

Carolyn Beckenbaugh Harrington, 87, of Brunswick, passed away unexpectedly on January 24th. Her family was by her side.

Born in Philadelphia, “Mary Carolyn” was the only child of George and Esther Beckenbaugh. She attended public schools in Drexel Hill where, in the fourth grade, she met Avery Robert Harrington. As they chased each other around the playground, little did they suspect that years later they would reunite and be happily married for 59 years until Avery’s passing in 2014.

Carolyn attended the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Journalism. After college, she worked for the American Friends Service Committee and participated in a Quaker workcamp in Finland. These experiences were her first introduction to Quakerism, a religion with which she and Avery would be actively involved the rest of their lives. In Waterville, they were members of the East Vassalboro Friends Meeting and Carolyn volunteered with the Wabanaki Committee on Native American issues.

Avery’s training as a doctor took them all over. Two highlights of their life together were the years they spent on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona and, much later, at three rural hospitals in Zimbabwe.

The Harrington’s raised their family of three girls primarily in Madison, WI, moving to Waterville as empty nesters in the 1980’s so that Avery could join the staff of then-called Mid- Maine Medical Center. They loved exploring Maine, whether by foot, bicycle, snowshoe or canoe. In 2011, they moved to the Thornton Oaks Retirement Community in Brunswick. Carolyn loved the welcoming community and engaged in many Thornton Oaks activities. She was also passionate about her volunteer work teaching short-story writing to federal prisoners, via correspondence classes, through the non-profit College Guild.

Cause of death was deemed a pulmonary embolism. Carolyn is survived by Marcia Harrington, Jake Plante and grandchildren Tyler and Sandy; Sheila Harrington and Scott Johnson; and Lucy Harrington, Gus Schwed and grandchildren Emily, Toby and Jordan. Also surviving is Louis D Harrington, Cathy Schairer and 3 nieces and 4 nephews.

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