Barbara (Harrington) White, 84, of Damariscotta died peacefully following a brief illness March 2, 2010, at Miles Memorial Hospital.

She was the wife of the late William Orr White. Born in Charlotte, N.C., Barbara was the only daughter of Wallace and Helen (Hitchcock) Harrington of Eastport, Maine.

Barbara is survived by her children and their families, her son, Christopher W. White and his wife, Barbara (Truex) White, of Windham and their daughter, Aurora White of Providence, R.I.; her son, W. Allan White and his daughter Erica Diamond of Litchfield; her son, David D. White and his wife, Robin (Parker) White, of Herndon, Va., and their children, Gordon White of Alexandria, Va., and Leah White of Savannah, Ga.; her daughter, Karen (White) Hight and her husband, Christopher C. Hight of Newcastle and their daughter Emily Hight and her fiancée Anthony Cantillo of Portland and their daughter Mary Hight of Bangor.

Her husband-to-be courted her at the USO dances at the Seabee base in Quoddy where she and her girlfriends enjoyed jitterbugging with the boys heading off to World War II. They married when he returned after the war and their life together was spent between towns in Maine and Ridgefield, Conn. They lived longest in Camden, first for a few years early in their marriage, then from 1970 until 2003.

Barbara had a full and rewarding life, appreciating her many friends and enjoying numerous activities. She was, often simultaneously, a mother, housewife, secretary, factory worker, den mother, and much more. She served for many years as the chief bookkeeper for the publishers of Down East magazine. Following her husband’s death and her subsequent retirement, Barbara volunteered at the Camden Public Library, traveled with friends, and visited with her family. Six years ago she moved to Schooner Cove in Damariscotta. There she was closer to her daughter, made many new friends, and participated in a wide range of activities.

Always quick to smile and laugh, she took immense joy in simple pleasures. She participated in the Miles of Friends program, which pairs elementary children with elders. Barbara took a deep interest in her young friends, following their lives, taking pleasure in their triumphs and offering love and comfort when it was needed.

Barbara will forever remain alive in the hearts of those who knew and returned her love.

Her life will be celebrated at a gathering to be held at Round Top Center for the Arts in Damariscotta on Saturday, March 20 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are most welcome to attend.

Donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to Miles of Friends or the Camden Public Library. Arrangements are with the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home in Damariscotta. Condolences for the family may be expressed by visiting stronghancock.com.