MAXINE A. WITHAM

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:19 p.m.

ROCKPORT – Maxine Alexandria Witham, 35, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, in Portland. She was born April 21, 1969, in Camden, the daughter of Dr. Gary E. Witham and Jakelyn R. Frame. Maxine attended the Marvelwood School in Cornwall Conn., the American School in Surrey, England, Camden-Rockport High School and graduated from the Cambridge School of Weston, Mass. She attended Parsons School in New York, N.Y.; attended Portland School of Art; graduated from the New England School of Art & Design and graduated from the Boston University Culinary Program. She was an accomplished chef and a talented artist. She owned her own catering business, Bahalana. Previously, she worked at L.E. Leonard Antiques in Rockport. She will be remembered for her free spirit and compassion for others, her generous and giving nature, her frankness, her offbeat sense of humor, and her love of travel and other cultures. Surviving is her father, Dr. Gary E. Witham of Rockport; her stepmother, Louise F. Witham of Rockport; her brother, Edwin M. Witham and wife, Tamara, of New York, N.Y.; her paternal grandmother, June Witham of Rockland; and her ex-husband, Walter Biffi; her paternal uncle, Bert Witham of Tenants Harbor; his sons, Jason and Taylor, and wife, Donni; paternal aunt, Jean Carlson of Marblehead, Mass.; children, Traci and Sean, husband, Dick Carlson; her maternal aunt, Marsha Johnson; daughters, Molly and Adrienne, husband, Col. Robert C. Johnson Ret. She was predeceased by her mother, Jakelyn R. Frame who died on August 28, 1993. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at the John Street United Methodist Church, 98 John St., Camden, with the Rev. Linda Campbell Marshall officiating. The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Maxine’s memory to, Gift from Within, 16 Cobb Hill Road, Camden, ME 04843. Arrangements are with the Laite Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St., Camden.

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