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Charlene Dunn Birkenhead

December 31, 1956 — May 22, 2024


Charlene Dunn Birkenhead

On May 22, 2024, Charlene Dunn Birkenhead, affectionately known as 'The Best' by her family and friends, peacefully journeyed into the embrace of God. Charlene embodied kindness, beauty, and love, which she showered upon her roles as a devoted wife, nurturing mother, cherished friend, and compassionate emergency room nurse.

Throughout her career, Charlene served tirelessly at Malden Hospital, the VA Medical Center in Brockton, and later at Fort Belvoir in Alexandria, Virginia, where she provided unwavering care to those in need. In 1995, she took a temporary hiatus from nursing to dedicate herself fully to raising her children—Christopher, Caroline, Emma, and Tim—before resuming her nursing career in 2008 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, while her husband Harry served as the Rector of Holy Nativity Church in South Weymouth.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Charlene was an avid gardener, culinary enthusiast, and expert seamstress. During her time in Portland, Maine, the Portland Press Herald honored her for cultivating the most exquisite garden in the city. Renowned for her Mimi cookies and delectable red pepper relish, Charlene delighted in sharing her culinary creations generously with others.

Her infectious laughter filled every room, often punctuated by playful banter with her husband, Harry. Charlene leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter that touched the lives of all who knew her.

Charlene is survived by her loving husband, Harold G. Birkenhead, an Episcopal priest of Plymouth, and their children: Christopher and his wife Amanda of Rockland, Dr. Caroline Birkenhead of Plymouth, Emma Mankowsky and her husband Jeremy of Quincy, and Timothy Birkenhead and his wife, Hannah of Plymouth. She was the adored grandmother of Brayden, Mason, and Savannah Birkenhead of Rockland.

Harry fondly remembers Charlene as an irreplaceable partner, an unparalleled mother, and an incomparable friend. She enriched our lives immeasurably, leaving an indelible mark on our hearts and making every moment worth treasuring. She was extraordinary; she was the best.

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