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Louise Tucker Kilbourn

Updated 10:56 am, Friday, March 4, 2011
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Louise Tucker Kilbourn, a Darien resident for 61 years, died Friday, Feb. 11, in Freeport, Maine. She was 98.

Mrs. Kilbourn, the daughter of Wilson Hatch Tucker and May Reilly Tucker, was born and raised in Montclair, N.J., and spent summers of her youth on the Jersey shore at Monmouth Beach with her family and in Intervale, N.H.with friends. In New Hampshire she acquired her lifelong love of the White Mountains and especially Mt. Washington, to which she returned almost annually.

In 1939, while working as head of the admitting office at Doctor's Hospital in New York City she married Samuel Van Dusen Kilbourn. In 1949, the family moved to Darien. A highlight of her life was accompanying her husband on business trips to Belgium, France and Italy.

Mr. Kilbourn died in 1976. In 1999, Mrs. Kilbourn moved from her home at Prospect Avenue to Atria of Darien, where she spent 11 years. In 2010 she relocated to Freeport, Maine.

A lifetime avid reader, Mrs. Kilbourn was also devoted to music and the opera.

She was predeceased by her son Gordon Kilbourn in 1973. Mrs. Kilbourn is survived by her daughters Victoria Munson of Claremont, Calif. and Jennifer Kramer of Chappaqua, N.Y., and her son Samuel Kilbourn of Freeport, Maine, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral mass will take place March 5 at 11 a.m. at Saint John Roman Catholic Church, 1986 Post Road in Darien. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien.