Athlene “Kitty” Moore Prior, 78, died Dec. 13, 2009, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport.

Kitty was born Sept. 23, 1931, in Rockland, a daughter of the late Harry and Geraldine Dow Moore.

She was in the class of 1949 at Rockland High School and that same year, married Harland S. Prior.

She was employed by Van Baalen’s for 15 years, 12 of which she was a floor lady. She later worked for Crowe Rope in the twine factory as a plant manager.

After leaving Crowe Rope in 1982, she and Harland ran the Whispering Pine Boarding Home for the mentally challenged until she retired in 1997.

She enjoyed sewing, reading, jigsaw puzzles and tracing family genealogy.

She was a member of the Second Congregational Church in Warren and the Lady’s Circle there.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harland S. Prior; her sisters, Jacqueline Robbins and Mavis Richards; and her great-granddaughter, Alexis Ferguson.

Survivors include her sons, Dwayne  and Dale Prior of Cushing; her daughters, Diane Brooker of Waterboro and Doreen Madden of St. Petersburg, Fla.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins

Visiting hours will be held Thursday, Dec. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St. in Waldoboro.

A graveside service will be held Friday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. at Harbor Cemetery in Friendship with the Rev. Robin Honaker officiating. A reception will follow at the Second Congregational Church in Warren.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to Friends of Cushing Rescue, P.O. Box 20, Cushing, ME 04563.

Arrangements are with Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 949 Main St., Waldoboro.