Hope Elizabeth Harrington, a longtime resident of Falmouth, died June 22 after a short illness. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Harrington’s 96th birthday in May was celebrated through the window of her ground floor room at JML Care Center.
She was the wife of Irving L. Harrington, to whom she was married for 53 years. Her husband died January 11, 2000.
Born in New Bedford, she was the daughter of Frank Crabtree and Viola (Richardson) Crabtree. Her family lived in North Dartmouth and moved to Falmouth when she started high school. Visits to their home by her brother’s friend Irving led to their friendship, then eventual marriage in 1947.
Ms. Harrington enjoyed working at the telephone company with her friend Kitty Baker who, in her later years, would write the Chatterbox column published in the Enterprise.
The Harringtons made their home on Pleasant View Avenue and their house was often a gathering place for friends to play cards. The couple enjoyed their motor home for trips and weekends at Scusset Beach with family. While her husband was working for Allied Vans, she would sometimes join him for his cross-country journeys.
Following the death of her husband, Ms. Harrington became active at John Wesley United Methodist Church through Bible study, a nursing home ministry, and birthday club outings.
She enjoyed watching the ocean at Surf Drive Beach.
Along with her nephew and his wife, William R. and Sandra N. Crabtree of Hatchville, her caregivers for 20 years, Ms. Harrington leaves her nephew Richard Guild of South Yarmouth; and other extended family including Shane Black, her great-great-nephew and an Afghanistan veteran whom she called her “hero.”
She was preceded in death by her brother and sister, George W. Crabtree and Carolyn M. Guild.
Burial was next to her husband at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.