2015-04-10 / Obituaries

Florence Whitten

Florence B. “Pinky” Whitten, 81, a longtime resident of Kennebunk, died Wednesday April 1, 2015 at the Kennebunk Center for Health and Rehabilitation after a lengthy illness.

Florence was born June 28, 1933 in North Kennebunkport, a daughter of Neil and Winona May (Hayford) Johnson and attended Arundel schools. She graduated from Kennebunk High School the class of 1952. She was affectionately known to all of her family and friends as Pinky.

Before her marriage, she was employed by Hills News Agency and Murdock’s Pharmacy and went on to become a stay at home mother of seven children.

Pinky was predeceased by her husband Erin Whitten who died in 2011, her parents and a sister, Naomi Johnson Cyr.

She is survived by five sons, Terrance Whitten and his wife Bette of Acton, Douglas Whitten and his wife Jamie of Wells, Dennis Whitten and his wife Kim of West Kennebunk, Kevin Whitten of Kennebunk, Todd Whitten and his companion, Terrina Stadig of Sanford; two daughters, Rebecca Whitten and her husband William Brennan of Kennebunk and Tori Shuffleburg and her husband Aaron of West Kennebunk; three sisters, Pauline Drew of Arundel, Juanita Thurston and her husband Jesse of Arundel, and Donna Dow of Waterboro; nine grandchildren, Lacy Genest, Josh Suitter, Bryan Welch, Brittany Whitten, Allie Whitten, Chad Whitten, Brandi Whitten, Brenden Whitten and Jared Shuffleburg; six great grandchildren, Bella Genest, Zoe Coleman, Lewie Coleman, Evan Suitter, Ethan Suitter and Eliot Suitter and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were held Friday, April 3, at the Bibber Memorial Chapel in Kennebunk followed by a funeral service Saturday, April 4 at the chapel. Private interment will be held at the Pine Grove Cemetery, West Kennebunk in the spring.

Should friends desire memorial donations may be made to the Kennebunk Center for Health and Rehabilitation, 158 Ross Road, Kennebunk, ME 04043 in Pinky’s memory.

Pinky’s family would like to express their gratitude to Pinky’s friend, Carla Mitchell, who in addition to being a great friend, took special care of Pinky over these last years.

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk.

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