Karen W. Thompson, 77, passed away Sunday, March 21, 2021, at the Sussman House in Rockport.

Born at Knox General Hospital in Rockland, August 22, 1943, she was the daughter of Margaret J. (Norman) and Sumner R. Waldron. Her father died while in service to his country during World War II, before ever meeting his daughter.

Karen’s mother later married Kenneth L. Drinkwater. Karen grew up in Spruce Head with her family where she attended local schools. She was a 1961 graduate of Rockland High School.

Karen enjoyed camping, driving fast, laying around in the sun reading a book, teaching everyone how to water ski and knit. She loved going to Florida with her family and several times bringing home a new Cadillac. She loved hummingbirds, lady slippers and spending time with her family plus her extended family from Mic Mac Cove Campground, where she was the grandmother to all the kids.

Karen worked at VanBaalen’s then went to work as a cook at St.George School. She later moved on to spend the rest of her career at Marine Colloids (FMC) until she had to retire due to a horrible stroke. She spent the rest of her life at her home in Spruce Head until her beloved husband and caregiver Peter, passed away in 2017. From that time until her passing she resided at Windward Gardens in Camden, where she enjoyed a lot of good times and help from all the nurses along the way.

Other than her parents and husband, Karen was predeceased by in-laws Elmer and Terri Thompson; brothers Alan and Clyde Drinkwater, and nephew Ryan Birch. She is survived by sister Patrica Birch of Spruce Head; sister-in-law Diane Drinkwater of Owls Head; son Craig Thompson and wife Kim of Levant; three wild grandchildren, Corey Thompson and wife Jacki, Travis Thompson and better-half Kristi Smith, Ashley Thompson and fiancé Jacob Butman, all of Spruce Head; six great-grandchildren, Charley Rose Thompson, Gavin and Dilon Porter, Caroline Irene Lyon, Jude Anthony Butman; Cash her black fur-baby; the mother of her grandchildren, Valerie Brackett of Spruce Head as well as several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held March 25, 2021, at Ocean View Cemetery, South Thomaston. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Midcoast Shriners $100 Million Club, 549 Flanders Corner Road, Waldoboro, ME 04572. To share a memory or story with Karen’s family, visit their online Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com. Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.