2016-04-01 / Obituaries

Kathleen Baum

Kathleen Louise Baum, 86, of Kennebunk, died peacefully Tuesday afternoon, March 22, 2016 at Southern Maine Healthcare in Biddeford, surrounded by her loving family. Kathleen fought a courageous battle with inclusion body myositis for more than two decades and is now at peace with her heavenly Father.

She was born on Western Avenue in Kennebunk on Dec. 31, 1929, a daughter of John Lester and Viola Augusta (Avery) Jackson. A lifelong resident of Kennebunk Lower Village, she graduated from Kennebunk High School, class of 1948. In June 1951, she married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Herbert C. Baum, Jr., sharing 53 years of marriage prior to his death in 2004.

As a young woman, Kathleen was employed as a switchboard operator at the New England Telephone Company switching office, located over Weinstein’s Deli in Dock Square for a few years. When she and Herb were married and began to raise their family, she chose to be a stay at home mom.

Kathleen was a longtime member of Kennebunk Baptist Church, and a 60-plus years member of the Madonna Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, the Good Cheer Club and of the Lower Village Mother’s Club. Whenever there was a launching at Baum’s Boat Yard, she was charged with decorating the champagne bottle to be broken across the bow of the vessel. She loved attending family functions, and was a notorious practical jokester. At 70, she surprised everyone by going parasailing! She enjoyed doing puzzles of any kind, was an avid reader, loved to watch movies and play games on her Kindle, and was an accomplished artist, painting in different mediums, but mostly acrylics. As her disease progressed, she never gave up her painting and simply devised different ways to adapt.

Kathleen is predeceased by her husband, Herbert C. Baum, Jr.; her siblings, Harley Jackson, Kenneth Jackson, Gordon Jackson and Dorothy (Jackson) Hutchins.

Survivors include her son, Herbert C. Baum III and wife Lynn of Kennebunk; three daughters, Ellen Baum of Farmingdale, Greer Cressey and husband Tom of Kennebunk, Cynthia L. Burns and husband Brian of Kennebunkport; seven grandchildren, Brian Beauchemin and significant other Crystal Lawrence of Kennebunk, Steven Beauchemin and wife Danielle of Monson, Katrina Wade and husband Jim of Kennebunk, Jillian Cressey and significant other Miles Vaughn of Biddeford, Michael Burns of Munich, Germany, Timothy Burns of Newport, Alyson Trempe and husband Gary of Biddeford; great grandchildren Lily, Blake, Wesley, Harrison, and much anticipated Samuel, due in June; several nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews; cousins Olive Avery of Florida and Gloria Sundin of Springvale; lifelong friends Pixie, Fran, Florence, Bev, Belle and Pudge and Dick, and a wide circle of friends.

The family would like to give special thanks to her caregiver Tina Burns, the staff at Seal Rock, and the ICU staff at Southern Maine Healthcare, especially Kim, for their professional and loving care given to Kathleen.

Visiting hours were Friday, March 25, 2016 at Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk, with an Eastern Star Service. A funeral service was held at the funeral home on Saturday, March 26, 2016 with Pastor James King officiating. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Kennebunk. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her name can be made to: Kennebunk Baptist Church, Historical Preservation Fund, P.O. Box 396, Kennebunk, ME 04043. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Kathleen’s Book of Memories Page at www.bibberfuneral.com.

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