Carol K. Inouye, 83, passed away peacefully with her sister by her side on Friday, February 5, 2021, in Rockport, Maine. Carol was born on January 10, 1938, in Los Angeles, California, to parents Tanenobu Inouye and Misao Takagaki Inouye. Carol graduated from John Marshall High School in Los Angeles, California, and went on to attend Unversity of California in Los Angeles as well as attending The California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, California.

Artist Inouye was known locally for her posters created of the Maine Lobster Festival for The Free Press. She wrote and/or illustrated more than a dozen children’s books. She was the art director for several major publishing houses in New York and won awards for illustration from both the New York Society of Illustrators and the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators.

Carol’s employment locally was with The Free Press in Rockland for many years in the graphics department assisting with ad designs.

Carol especially enjoyed gardening and loved to cook, and she so much loved her two dogs, Annie and Abby, that she had adopted from the Pope Memorial Humane Society. Carol will be remembered as a very creative and capable artist as well as a warm and caring person.

Carol was pre-deceased by her parents. She is survived by her sister Nobuko Von Kamecke of Thomaston, Maine, along with many friends.

It was Carol’s wish that no services be held for her. Carol requested to be cremated and to allow private family and close friends to honor her life with a gathering to be held at a future date when safe to do so. Hall Funeral Home of Thomaston has care of the arrangements. To extend online condolences please visit her Book of Memories at