2016-08-11 / Obituaries

Dorothy M. Spears

Dorothy M. Spears, 91, of Saco, passed away peacefully on Aug. 2, 2016 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.

She was born in Queens, New York on March 13, 1925, the daughter of John and Louise Gherke Horstmann. Her father said it was the luckiest Friday the 13th ever.

Dorothy graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in Queens. She then worked for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company during World War II.

She married Robert C. Spears in 1942. They lived in Levittown, New York and moved to Saco in 1958. She happily resided on Promenade Avenue for 51 years.

Dorothy volunteered for the Girl Scouts of America, the American Cancer Society and the SMMC Woman’s Auxiliary.

She most recently volunteered with Fran McDonald for the local Meals on Wheels Program.

She enjoyed walking, dancing, television shows, talking on the phone with her friends and her weekly Gambling Grandmothers card games. She most enjoyed entertaining and spending time with her family and friends.

She is predeceased by her husband, Robert C. Spears in 1985, and a brother, Harold Horstmann in 2012.

Survivors include her two daughters, Gayle D. Young and her husband John of Gorham; Lois S. Goldthwait and her husband Marshall of Saco; four grandchildren, Jeffrey Young of Gray, Heather Young of Gorham, Ryan Young of Sahuarita, Arizona, and Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles of Saco; 12 great grandchildren; Amanda, Mason, Zachary, Chloe, Miller, Brooke, Brinn, Seth Braedyn, Evan, Dillon and Griffin. She is also survived by her best friend of 50-plus years, Anita Denton of Saco.

The family would like to thank the staff at Maine Medical Center and Gosnell Memorial Hospice House for the care and compassion Dorothy received.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday Aug. 13, at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Deering Park Section, reception to follow. Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home and Cremation, 365 Main St., Saco are in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Dorothy’s name to either the Salvation Army, 2 Church St., Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064, or Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, ME 04074.

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