Karen M. Buckingham 73 years old of Portland, ME passed away peacefully at Maine Medical Center, February 8, 2018, from complications associated with Type 1 diabetes. She was born June 17, 1944, in Rumford, ME, to James D. and M. Dorothy (Gallant) Marr.
She enjoyed reading, skiing, hiking, bicycling and refinishing furniture.
She graduated from Husson (College) University with an Associate Degree in 1964 and a B. S. in Business Education in 1969. She furthered her education receiving a Masters in Education in 1979.
Her teaching career included high schools in: Ellsworth; East Hampton, Massachusetts; Bonny Eagle, Standish, Rumford; Mt. Ararat and Woodside Elementary, Topsham; and Longfellow Elementary, Portland. She enjoyed many hours working at McCarthys' Market, Woodford Street, Portland.
She was predeceased by her husband, John J. Buckingham, her parents, Mother-In-Law Mrs. Bernadette Buckingham, Sister- In-Law Linda McCray Marr, grandparents, many aunts and uncles, and a very special friend Sharyn Arnold Siegel.
She is survived by her brother Keenan R. Marr and wife Linda of Brooklyn, CT, sister Janet M. Grolley and husband John J. Grolley, Jr. of Portland, a niece and nephews, her "Pride and Joy" nephew James John Marr Grolley, Portland, many cousins and friends near and far, and longtime friend and confidant Arthur Fuller and wife Jennifer of Greenville, SC.
Her Mass will be Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 12:00 noon, Saint Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Avenue, Portland, ME. Burial will be at a later time in Rumford, ME.
In lieu of flowers, Karen's wishes were donations be made to Husson (College) University, Advancement Office, One College Circle, Bangor, ME 04401. Please use her name, Karen M. Buckingham.