Katherine Farmer Prince


AUBURN – Katherine E. “Kitty” Farmer Prince died peacefully at the Hospice House on May 27. Her childhood friends knew her as “Kitten.”

She was born the seventh of eight children in Picayune, Miss. on June 18, 1916. Her parents were Anna Jane Stewart and Charlie Lee Farmer. Her father died in the flu pandemic of 1918, when she was two years old. She learned early that living was mostly work. She told many stories of the hard work and play shared with her family and friends as she grew.

She met Rufus Prince while they worked together at resorts in Thomasville, Ga. and Magnolia, Mass. She worked at the Ingalls Shipyard during World War II and the work environment affected her breathing for the rest of her life. She married Rufus at the end of World War II and settled in Turner. They went to work with Donald C. and Marion E. Prince on their apple farm and eventually took over ownership of the farm. She cheerfully provided a warm kitchen for all the farm employees with coffee during the winter, iced tea during the summer and home baked cookies year round. She loved gardening and canning vegetables and harvesting nature’s bounty, from wild blueberries to dandelion greens. (They’ve got a lot of iron in em.)

She is survived by her three birth children, Donald and wife, Jeanne (Sears) Prince, Norma and husband, Al Zimmer and Harold and wife, Sandra (Wallace) Prince; one foster daughter, Constance Hersey Dick and husband, Al Dick; grandchildren, Amy Prince, Jason Prince and wife, Hallie (Smith) Prince, Rebekah and Ethan Zimmer and Matthew Prince and wife, Candie (Bailey) Prince and Gary Hersey and Jaquelene (Hersey) Parry; great-grandchildren, Nathan, Michaela and Evelyn Prince and Matthew Parry; and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and their offspring in Mississippi and elsewhere, who survive her.

She was the last survivor among her brothers and sisters. Her husband, Rufus, died in December 2004.