In Memoriam : Dorothy Bowden

Dorothy Bowden Dorothy E. Bowden - age: 98
(December 23, 1919 to July 18, 2018 )
Resident of Saco, Maine

Visitation Information:
Burial will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco.

Dorothy’s celebration of life is Wednesday, August 1 @ 10:00 am at the Goodwins Mills Methodist Church, 55 Church St., Lyman, ME

Rev. Ed Bove will officiate.

Donations in her memory can be made to The Goodwins Mills UMC, 55 School Street, Lyman, ME 04002 or to Beacon Hospice 40 Atlantic Place, So. Portland, ME 04106

What truly is family?
I looked it up on the internet, “Family, that's a strong word. For me, it means to feel secure, to have someone who you can count on, who shares your problems. But it also means to have respect for each other and responsibility.” This was under a google search of family.
That being said, Dorothy E. (Fitts) Bowden was wealthy with family. She joined her heavenly family today, Wednesday July 18, 2018 at age 98. No matter where her life journey took her she had family that “adopted her”. She was that loveable “Nana” that everyone had to have. I am one of those “adopted ones.” She tells of when she became my Nan, I was five years old, I will only say that it was well over 50 years ago!
Dottie or as she loved to be called, “Naughty Dottie”, her husband Louville or “Beep” & daughter Rita Lagueux Winn moved to Southern Maine, from Stetson, ME. Eventually, Lou (who was a carpenter) built their home in Lyman just down the road from their Church, Goodwin’s Mill Methodist. Church was an important part of her life.

Dot & Lou also spent many years at their camp up on Little Sebago Lake in Gray, ME where many wonderful memories were created for their grandchildren & many adopted grandchildren of all ages. Later in life they lived in Zephyrhills, FL. Shortly after Beep’s passing, Dottie moved to E .Corinth, ME & finally here in Saco at The Inn at Atlantic Heights/Seal Rock. Thank you, Nancy Adams, for helping Dottie return to Maine. You held a special spot in her heart!

Dot found great pleasure in writing poetry while in Florida. It was during this time a friend and Hymn writer, Brian Wren wrote a poem for Dottie as she took on a project of sending thousands of plastic “Cross in my Pocket,” crosses and Brian’s poem to the Red Cross, Military branches & Church Mission trips to be distributed to our US Service Men and Women serving in countries abroad. Hundreds of thousands of these crosses were distributed.

She was a former Rebekah Noble Grand in the Evangeline Rebekah Lodge. Dorothy also, worked in the South Portland shipyard during the war as one of “Rosie’s Riveter’s and in the shoe factory in Biddeford as a foreman.

Dot has 4 birth grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 9 great, great grandchildren, all of whom held a special place in her heart right until the end of her journey. She missed seeing her grandchildren later in life, but was very thankful and enjoyed every minute spent with her loving grandson James (Jim/Jimmy) Lagueux who was there almost daily to check on her or deliver red hot dogs or Alex’s Pizza!

Although not “blood” grandchildren, she has an endless amount of “adopted” grandchildren that have adopted her as their Nana all over the world!

Also, I would like to thank the staff at The Inn & Seal Rock for taking such good care of her all these years, as well as her dear friend, doctor & honorary family member Solomon Yusim, MD, LCPC, LMFT for your weekly visits over many, many years. Eric Mukai, MD you also held a special place in “Naughty Dottie’s” heart. Thank you! She so looked forward to seeing both you and your wonderful nurse Diane! Jim and I have a very special thank you to the Beacon Hospice team members who gave their all & their gift of genuine of love & support even after Dottie’s journey. Love you all!!

So Nan, until the day we are all together in God’s beautiful garden, we will each hold on to the memories that you have created for us, your Family! Love you, Linda Thomas (Proudly adopted granddaughter)

Marie Ellis - July 23, 2018Contact this person Contact this person
Nana is truly missed already!!! I miss the way she grinned and smiled with excitement when we visited. She would perk right up from just the site of her grandson jimmy. Just the sound of his voice from a distance, smiles all around! I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to have met her and I too became an adopted grand child as well:) Gonna miss her a lot ~ she missed Beep A lot, so maybe, just maybe they are together again!

Carol Stewart - July 23, 2018Contact this person Contact this person
She lived longer than any other Fitts

Rita Winn - July 24, 2018Contact this person Contact this person
I am very proud to say she was my MOTHER I loved her near by and far away!! So funny talking to her on the phone, we had to actually holler. She loved the pictures of her babies (gg and ggg grandchildren. We kept her in the know! also with pictures. So happy when Anthony brought Leah for a visit, and when she would get a surprise visit from Jay. My trip from Arkansas surprised her and she didn't want us to leave. We looked at a ton of pictures, laughed and cried together. Jim was there with us and a great visit it was..All her grandchildren loved her in their own ways. She will be missed here, but extremely happy to see Beep and Dick and many other special people! Rest in Peace Mom.


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