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The Passing of a Hilltop Icon

July 2, 2011 by  
Filed under Archive, Featured

Judy, Karen, and Connor – Bean Dinner 2010

Karen Whitman, HBA secretary and an icon in the Hilltop passed away on June 29th.   Karen was a historian and a great defender of the Hilltop.  She continued to help the HBA up to her last day.  Many of you saw her at the Bean Dinner last weekend.

Karen Whitman called the Hilltop Bean Dinner her “backyard party” for friends, acquaintances and as she said, “people she would get to know”.  She brought her unrelenting enthusiasm into setting up commercial vendors and talking to patrons.  She welcomed her “guests” during the event.   Karen made the Hilltop Bean dinner a festive event for the entire Hilltop Community with great passion.  She loved this and we loved her for her passion.

While Karen was unable to spend as much time as she would have liked talking to friends and businesses during the Bean Dinner over the last two years, she came, she enjoyed and she made this event on her terms.  It was remarkably important to her.  A few years ago, there was rumor of a Bean Dinner cancellation due to changes in HBA officers.  When approached during an HBA board meeting of this, Karen was adamant!  “Absolutely Not! This event will go on!” and she meant it.   Karen understood how important this event was as a community social gathering.   And so we all went forward.

Visitation for Karen Whitman will be at Spears Funeral Home, Sunday, 2-4 & 6-8 PM and Monday, 2-5 PM.  Funeral service will also be at Spears Funeral home, 10:00 AM Tuesday followed by burial at Sunset Cemetery.

If you would like to contribute food, donations, or other needed basics for the family please contact Tasha Corson at

Obituary can be found here:

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