FREDERICK, Md. — Kathyleen Virginia White Pulkkinen went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Nov. 12, after a short stay at the Kline Hospice House in Frederick County, Md.
She was born Oct. 10, 1922, at the family home on the River Road in Livermore, the daughter of Amos Turney and Elsie Richmond White. She was the first born of six children. She was a graduate of Livermore Falls High School, Class of 1941, and attended Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass.
She married Onni John Pulkkinen, Oct. 19, 1943, in Lewiston. Following the unexpected death of her father-in-law, they managed the family dairy farm at Howe’s Corner, Turner, until 1951, when they sold the farm and moved to Glove Factory Hill in Livermore. This move allowed her to return to her beloved Livermore Falls Church of the Nazarene, where she became a faithful member. She served on the church board as a steward, Sunday school secretary and also as the church treasurer for more than 30 years. She had a vibrant love for missions and always supported sacrificially.
Her employment history includes time at textile mills, a glove shop, Livermore and Norridgewock Shoe Shops, Berry Hill Orchards, but is probably best remembered as a cashier at Sampson’s Super Market for almost 19 years.
In 1990, she moved to Wilton near her son, Scott, where she did volunteer work at Franklin Memorial Hospital. In 1999, to be near her daughter, Sharon, she moved to Taney Village Apartments in Frederick, Md., and made many lasting friendships. She joined New Beginning Church of the Nazarene and attended faithfully.
Her Christian faith was the driving force of her life and she was a faithful tither and giver to World Missions throughout her life. Her faith, character and ability to adjust positively to life’s challenges and changes are memories cherished by her children. She delighted in a good laugh and exhibited a winsome sense of humor. She immensely enjoyed going to the Dutch Treat in Wilton for a well-done hotdog and trips to Florida, and picking berries for fun family times.
She is survived by her daughter, Sharon and husband, William Phelps, of Frederick, Md.; sons, the Rev. Robert Pulkkinen and wife, Margaret, of Kings Mountain, N.C., Scott and wife, Avis, of Wilton and Dan and wife, Robin, of Arvada, Colo.; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Mavis Appleton, Massachusetts, Shelton White, Florida, Amos White and wife, Ivah, Massachusetts, Anita Gatehouse, Pennsylvania, and Owen White and wife, Beulah, Pennsylvania.
She was predeceased by her husband, Onni, in 1989.