Karen M. Farnham WASHINGTON — Karen M. Farnham, 65, of MacDonald Road, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. Born May 22, 1953 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of William and Katherine (Reynolds) Washburn. Karen attended Barre Town Elementary School, Spaulding High School, and Thompson School of Nursing in Brattleboro. On April 6, 1974 she married Denis P. Farnham. For 44 years they made their home in Washington following a year in East Barre. For 32 years, Karen was a Nurse Receptionist for Doctor Arif Khan, Pulmonologist at Central Vermont Medical Center. She was known among her patients and co-workers as a caring and compassionate caregiver, with a life-long dedication to the service and well-being of others. She was an avid collector of antiques and an incredibly talented crafter, making beautiful quilts, rugs, baskets, miniatures and other home decorations. Most were made as gifts, always with others in mind. She would often be seen knitting lap quilts that she would bring to nursing homes and caps for newborns at Central Vermont Medical Center. Her knitted winter hats were among her children’s favorites. Karen genuinely cared for every person she met. Her family, friends, coworkers and community were everything to her and she put them above all. She made every life better for having known her. She was an organ donor and her final gift of love will help save lives. Survivors include her husband Denis Farnham; her son Gregory Farnham and his partner, Elizabeth Dohrman; her daughter Bethaney Ames and her husband, Matthew; her beloved granddaughter Violet; her brothers and sister, Tom of North Hyde Park; Steve and his wife, Gail of Plainfield; Jerry and his wife, Debbie of South Barre, Kristin Marten of Barre, and Jeff and his wife, Debbie of East Barre, several aunts and an uncle, nieces, nephews, and many loving in-laws (including Denis’ six sisters Corine Wadkins, Judy Salvatori, Debbie Washburn, Natalie Tarbox, Vicky Lorden, and Lisa Wilkin) as well as many close friends. Family and friends may call on Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre. Interment will take place in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Washington this spring. For a memorial guestbook, visit www.hookerwhitcomb.com In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to New England Donor Services Organ and Tissue Donation in honor of Karen. Online: neds.org/give. By check: New England Donor Services, 60 First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451.

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Homer Peake

I'm very sorry to hear about the loss I saw her at the office so sorry


Jeff & Debbie we are so sorry to hear about Karen. Our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family. So very sad. Bob and Judy Bushey


Dennis very sorry to hear of your loss. Please except my deepest sympathy

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