CAMDEN – Katherine E. Tasker, 97, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, at Wind-ward Gardens in Camden. Born in Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 2, 1907, she was the daughter of Wallace L. and Ethel V. (Johnston) Tasker. She was a 1928 graduate of the Stanford School of Nursing. Her nursing career included the Los Angeles County Health Department; the Presbyterian School and Hospital for Navajo Native Americans in Genado, Ariz.; the Chicago Public Health Clinic; school nurse in Chicago; and Director of school health services in San Raphael City schools for 30 years. During World War II, she was given a leave of absence to join the U.S. Navy Nursing Corps, where she served for three years. She spent one year aboard the U.S. Hospital Ship “Solace” which saw duty in the South Pacific during D-Day, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. She retired in 1965 and worked as a public health nurse for home health and counseling service for Contra Costa County in California. In 1970, Katherine moved to Camden, where she lived for several years before moving to the Talbot Home in Rockland. She was a communicant of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Camden. Katherine spent the last year of her life at Windward Gardens, where her charming manners and smile endeared her to the staff and other residents. Her family expressed gratitude to the caregivers there for making Katherine’s final years and hours of her life a time of peace, love and comfort. Surviving are several cousins including, Alice Grant, Roger Grant, Charlotte Sawtelle, Stanley Sprowl, Elizabeth Jones, Richard Sproul, Beverly Beedle and Brenda Mullen and her husband, John of Belfast. She was predeceased by cousins, Clarence Burrill and Georgia Sproul. In keeping with her wishes, there will be no calling hours. A graveside service in Pine Grove Cemetery in Dedham will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to the Talbot Home, 73 Talbot Avenue, Rockland, ME 04841. Arrangements are with the Robert E. Laite Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St., Camden. <>