BELFAST — Dorothea O. Dority passed away at Harbor Hill in Belfast on Jan. 25, 2022, after a long illness.
She was born in North Waldoboro on March 26, 1930, to Edith Emerson and Merrill Orff Sr. She attended the one room school house in Washington. Dorothea married Arthur R. Dority Sr. of Camden in July, 1948. They had six children: Rosalie Annis Davis of Searsmont, Christine Bowen, and husband, Bob, of Sevierville, Tenn., Gloria Blakeley, and husband, Brian, of Mooresville, N.C., daughter, Sherry Dority of Putnam, Conn.
She was predeceased by her daughter Jean Blain of Manchester, Conn., on Jan. 5, 2019, and son Arthur R. Dority Jr. of Plainfield, Conn., on March 8, 2012, and son-in-law Joseph P. Davis on Sept. 6, 2001. She was also predeceased by her husband Arthur R. Dority Sr., brother Merril Orff Jr. and wife, Joann, of Union, brother Russell Orff of Weatherford, Texas, brother-in-law Norman Ahlholm of Warren, sister Bertha Wood of Florida, sister-in-law Alice Luce Orff of Thorndike, and a very special friend, Melvin Wadsworth of Searsmont, who predeceased her on Dec. 25, 2021.
Dorothea is survived by sisters, Maxine Ahlholm of Warren and Lois Williams of Jefferson, brother Donald Orff of Thorndike and sister-in-law Offa Orff of Weatherford, Texas; grandchildren, Scott Annis, and wife, Dawn, of Littleton, Colo., Joe Davis, and partner, Courtney Billings, of Searsmont, Nicole Davis Karod, and husband, Tom, of Bath, Paul Stilkey, and partner, Kaylin Billings, of Searsport, Allen Stilkey, and wife, Kelly, of Pawtucket, R.I., Jarica Golino of Vernon, Conn., Brittany Covill, and husband, Joe, of Manchester, Conn., Victoria Blakeley, of Mooresville, N.C., Raymond Dority, and wife, Christina, of Coolidge, Ari., Evan Dority of Bennington, Vt. Andrea Garrett of Windsor, Conn. and son-in-law Paul Blain of Manchester, Conn.
She is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren, known to them as “GG” and numerous neices and nephews.
“Dot” was a very hard worker all her life, working outside of her home and maintaining her gardens, both vegetable and flowers, being rewarded with the bounty of vegetables which she canned and froze into her 80s and her beautiful flowers. In the late 60s, they moved to Connecticut where she lived for 25 years, moving back to Maine next to her daughter, Rose, where she enjoyed her flowers and a small veggie garden the last 30 years of her life.
She reconnected with an old school chum who had lost his spouse and together they enjoyed the later years of their lives, going to dances most Saturday nights and enjoying Maine Country Music events throughout Maine. She often said Maine had as good, if not better, talent than Nashville. Melvin and Dot are reunited once again having their four o’clock cocktail. Rest in peace.
No services are planned at this time. The family will get together sometime this summer for a memorial service. Memories and condolences may be shared at ripostafh.com.