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Carlene Thomas Whitcomb, 54, Littleton, NH died at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on Thursday, December 28, after a valiant battle with Ovarian Cancer. She was born in Manchester, NH on April 22, 1969, to Robert Thomas and Antoinette (Giordano) Thomas. She attended St. Rose of Lima Catholic School until its closure and then Littleton Public Schools, where she graduated in 1987. She was a two-sport athlete and shared her love for the game of field hockey with those that she coached, as well as her oldest daughter.
After graduating with honors from Littleton High School in 1987, she went on to continue her education at the University of Vermont where in 1991, she received her BSN and embarked on her journey as a Registered Nurse. In 2011, she went on to receive her MBA from Plymouth State University. Upon graduation from UVM, she began working at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in the Pediatric Unit. She worked there until 1994 when she joined the Obstetrics Unit at Littleton Regional Healthcare. She then moved on to become the Sameday Surgery Nurse Manager, the Emergency Department Nurse Manager, the Manager of the Physician Practices, and the Director of Quality, where she worked until her passing. Additionally, she served on the Board of Directors for Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, as the Assistant Treasurer for the Littleton Hospital Auxiliary, as well as on the Advisory Committee for the Health Science Program at Littleton High School Career and Technical Center. Along with all of these things, she inspired people with her true passion and devotion to nursing. These traits are some that she shared with her youngest daughter.
In May of 1995, she married her high school sweetheart, Jeffrey Whitcomb, and had two children, Emma Whitcomb and Sara Whitcomb, who were the light of her life and her proudest accomplishment. She had a passion for reading and felt that there was no better pairing than a good book and the beach. Family and friends were of the utmost importance to her. Her hugs were those that could cure any ailment. All of her free time was spent making memories with her tribe. From charcuterie nights to outdoor movies, trips on the boat, and cookouts, there was nothing she cherished more.
She was a fearless leader with an innate storytelling ability. Whether it be personal or professional, she was able to capture, and maintain, the attention of a group, no matter the size, and engage with people. She was an inspiration to many, and she will be greatly missed by all who had the honor to know her, and to be loved by her.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, Jeffrey Whitcomb, her maternal grandparents, Carl and Rose Giordano, as well as her paternal grandparents, Harold and Gladys Thomas, and aunts and uncles on her mother’s side as well as her father-in-law Fred Whitcomb.
She is survived by her daughters, Emma and Sara Whitcomb of Littleton, Her parents, Robert and Antoinette (Giordano) Thomas, Her mother-in-law, Nancy Whitcomb, Her sister, Kathleen Paradice and her husband Charles, Her sister-in-law Pamela Landry and her husband Todd, sister-in-law Kelly Ellsworth and her husband John, Her brother-in-law Timothy Whitcomb. Her nieces and nephews, Olivia, Cooper, and Parker Paradice, Aaron and Julia Brown and their children Nicholas and Jason, Nathan and Katie Landry and their son Noah, Megan Landry, Hannah, Camryn, and Elijah Whitcomb, Garette, Jordan, Charli, and Mason Brusseau, Lauren McKee, Jacob, Tia, Elizabeth, and Kai Thibault, as well as Giordano and Whitcomb cousins and friends who are family.
Visiting hours will take place on, Thursday, January 4, from 3-6 pm, at the Ross Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, January 5, at 10:00 am at the St. Rose of Lima Church with Father Ryan Amazeen Officiating. Burial will follow immediately at the St. Rose of Lima Cemetery. Donations may be made in Carlene’s memory to the Littleton Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Fund, 600 St. Johnsbury Road, Littleton, NH 03561.