Winthrop - Dorothy "Dot" Auclair, 82, passed away early Tuesday morning, Oct. 25, 2011, at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta. She was born in Wayne on Nov. 27, 1928, the daughter of George A. and Winnie (Palmer) Dodge.
Dot was educated in Wayne schools. She married Richard Auclair on Sept. 14, 1946, and they recently celebrated 65 wonderful years of marriage together. Dot dedicated her life to raising her three children and being a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and with all that she somehow found time to work for Health Tex in Gardiner for several years while raising her family.
Dot was predeceased by two brothers, George E. Dodge, who died in France during World War II on Aug. 24, 1944, and Thomas E. Dodge, who died on March 27, 1970; as well as two sisters, Agnes A. Dodge, who passed on Feb. 22, 1947, and Alice Dodge Lowden, who died on Aug. 30, 1977.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Richard Norman Auclair, of Winthrop; her two sons, Norman Auclair of Winthrop and Richard G. Auclair and his wife, Luanne M., of Sterling, Alaska; her daughter, Lynne Smith, and her husband, Curtis, of Dallas, Texas; one brother, Arthur A. "Skip" Dodge, of Santa Clara, Calif.; a former daughter-in-law, Ann Winters, of Jay; two grandchildren, Luke G. Smith of Dallas, and Kim Curtiss of Springvale; her two great-grandchildren, Adam and Dawn Lee, both of Livermore Falls; her best friend, Helen Watson, of East Winthrop; and Diane O'Keefe, who was like a daughter to Dot, from Wilmington, N.C.
A private graveside service will be held at the new Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta. (Kennebec Journal 10/27/2011)