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WESTBROOK -- Trudy Hartford, of Westbrook, died peacefully at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. She was the wife of the late Philip Hartford.
Born in Berwick on Jan. 22, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Irene Littlefield and Forrest Littlefield.
She is survived by her son Martin and his wife Brenda of Middleborough, Mass.; and two grandchildren, Kassandra Hartford and her life partner Katherine Kaiser, both of Long Island, N.Y., and Trevor Hartford of Methuen, Mass. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter Cindy. She is survived by two brothers, Leo Littlefield and Philip Worster. She was also sister to the late Lyle Littlefield; and leaves behind her sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews. She leaves behind her dearest friend, Gerry Pallang of Westbrook.
One of Trudy's great joys was her spiritual and social connection to the Pride's Corner Congregational Church in Westbrook. She was treasured in the church not only for her numerous contributions in terms of hard work, but for her compassion, her smile and her winning ways. She was active on the Social Action Committee and held the office of chairman for some time. She was a Sunday school teacher and chairman of the church fair for eight years. Each year she crafted a quilt for this event. Quite often, due to their beauty and craftsmanship these quilts were sold before the fair had even begun. She was on the founding board of Hospice of Maine and held a number of roles within that organization in its formative years. At her husband's side she worked at the Wayside Evening Soup Kitchen in Portland. She loved gardening and was active in the Pride's Corner Church garden club. For a number of years Trudy lived on Highland Lake where her parties were renowned for their taste, warmth and panache.
She was a dearly devoted wife, mother and grandmother and often said of her late husband - the boy next door - 'I have loved him since I was 12 years old.'
A celebration of life will take place in April at a time to be announced. Arrangements are by the Dolby Funeral Chapel, 434 River Rd., Windham. Online condolences may be made to www.dolbyfuneralchapels.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions
can be made to:
The Pride's Corner
235 Pride St.
434 River Road, Windham
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Feb. 17, 2013