Karen M. Erskine, 72

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FREEPORT — Karen M. Erskine, 72, died Sept. 19 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice in Scarborough after a long illness. She was born Feb. 29, 1940 in Portland, daughter of Edith and Allen “Bucky” McLean.

Erskine worked at Pineland for 18 years until the facility closed. She was known as “Nana” to many in Freeport after a decade of volunteering at Morse Street School. She received the Maine Principals’ Association Service to Maine Youth Award in 2009 for her work as a reading mentor for first graders.

She is survived by four children, Donald “Chip” Erskine, II, Laurie Poulin, Allen Erskine and wife, Margaret, Leann Brookes and husband, Russ; three grandchildren, Johnathan Kelso, Rachael Poulin, Elizabeth Erskine; and several nieces and nephews. 

Erskine was predeceased by her brother, David McLean.

A memorial service was held on Sept. 23 at First Parish Church, UCC in Freeport.

In lieu of flowers, donations toward a memorial bench in her honor may be made through any Atlantic Regional FCU, c/o Leann Brookes, “Nana’s Bench”.

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