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SKOWHEGAN - Victoria B. (Downs) Chadbourne Viles, known to all as "Dodie", of Skowhegan, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Monday May 25, 2015.

She was born April 18, 1921, in Harmony, Maine, The youngest daughter of Guy and Beth Downs, she was a graduate of Harmony High School in Harmony, Maine, completed one year at Maine School of Commerce in Bangor, Maine, and took a six month C.N.A. course in Boston, Massachusetts.

She was employed by many hospitals in Massachusetts and Maine. She joined the WAC (Woman's Army Corps) during WWII.

After an honorable discharge, she married childhood sweetheart Clayton Chadbourne. After her husband Clayton's death, Dodie moved to Skowhegan to nurse at Redington Fairview General Hospital where she met her second husband Norris Viles of N. Anson, Maine. After his death, she moved back to Skowhegan where she made many good friends.

She was a former member of Harmony Grange, Morning Star Rebecca Lodge, serving as Noble Grand for one year. Dodie played bridge with Ruth Buttons Bridge Club and she was a member of RSVP (Health Reach and Senior Volunteer Program.) she attended Crossroads Bible Church and was a member of First Baptist Church of Harmony, Maine. Dodie loved people and wrote stories and poems when asked to.

She was predeceased by her parents, her two husbands, her son Roderick "Ricky" Chadbourne, her two sisters Maple Young and Virginia Harrington, her brother Clinton "Kinky" Downs and her grandson Chad Clayton Willette.

She is survived by her daughter Nancy and son-in-law Dennis Willette of Skowhegan, Grandson Casey Willette and his wife Jennifer and great grandson Brady all of Lutz, FL, granddaughter in-law Eliza Willette-Ruthruff and three great-grandchildren, who named her "Dance," Rand, Paige, and Jaide Willette all of Land O Lakes, FL, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and sister and brother-in-laws.

Dodie will be remembered through a memorial service to be held on Saturday May 30, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Harmony, High St., Harmony, Maine, prior to her journey home she requested her memorial be officiated by Pastor Curtis Kanagy and her son-in-law Dennis Willette. She will be laid to rest in the Chadbourne Cemetery in Harmony following the service.

Arrangements are under the care of Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, Maine.

In Lieu of flowers, she requested for any memorial remembrance to be sent to the First Baptist Church of Harmony, P.O. Box 5, Harmony, Maine 04942
Published on  May 28, 2015
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