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Dorothy B "Dottie" Burke Bean
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Birth: May 15, 1926
Newburgh Village
Penobscot County
Maine, USA
Death: Sep. 9, 2012
Chittenden County
Vermont, USA

MONTPELIER - Dorothy B. "Dottie" Bean, 86, longtime resident of Montpelier, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at the Vermont Respite House in Williston.

Dottie was born May 15, 1926, in living quarters over a country store in Newburg, Maine, owned by her parents, Earl G. and Blanche (Gould) Burke.

She started her education in a one-room schoolhouse, but her parents moved to Bangor, Maine, for better schooling for her and her brother. Dottie graduated from Bangor High School in 1944, then joined The Cadet Nursing Corps, graduating from Eastern Maine General Hospital and becoming a registered nurse in 1947.

On April 24, 1948, she married Donald W. "Don" Bean. They moved to Montpelier in 1955, where she continued as a "stay-at-home mom" for several years, gradually returning to nursing at Heaton Hospital. There she became affectionately known as "Beanie," a nickname which followed her thereafter. In August of 1968, she became a full-time nurse at the new Central Vermont Hospital, and over the years, Dottie worked at several different places of employment.

She enjoyed playing bridge, arts and crafts, flower gardening, and time with family. She was past worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Dottie was a compassionate soul and is survived by her beloved husband, Don. She was extremely blessed with, and is survived by, three caring children: Brenda Bean, of Montpelier; Donna Willett and her husband, Mike, of Barre; Greg Bean and his wife, Pam, of Burlington. She is also survived by four grandchildren - Sarah Patterson, Jennifer Willett with great-granddaughter Makenzie Manning, Chris Willett and his partner, Latoyia Manning, and Scott Masch with his wife, Kim, and their daughters, Katelyn and Christina.

Dottie was predeceased by her parents and her beloved brother, T. Sgt. Ernest A. Burke, who was killed in action in Europe during World War II at age 20.

All are welcome to join the family in an informal celebration of her life at the Guare & Sons Funeral Home in Montpelier Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, any time between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m. Burial will be beside her parents in Wilton, Maine, at a future time.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Visiting Nurse Association, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446.

Published in Times Argus on September 12, 2012 
Wilton Cemetery
Franklin County
Maine, USA
Created by: Lynn J. Gauthier
Record added: Sep 11, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96904552


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