Dora's Story

DEXTER - Dora Mae Gardiner, 95, has gone to be with her Lord and Savior, to whom she was very much devoted, on December 11, 2014. One of 11 children, Dora was born October 14, 1919, in Wellington, the daughter of Roy and Addie (Carle) Davis.

Dora lived in Ripley for 54 years before moving to Dexter in 1992. She worked as a stitcher for Dexter Shoe Company in Dexter for many years, retiring in 1982. At 95, Dora lived on her own and was involved in many activities. She was the oldest member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Dexter, where she was a member for over 60 years. She was a member of the Ripley Extension, and also had a weekly craft class that she enjoyed very much. She was respected and loved by everyone that she came in contact with, and will be sadly missed by all.

She was predeceased by her husband, Roland Gardiner; six brothers, Elwin, Earle, Horace, Edward, Kenneth, and Lewis; and three sisters, Ruth Berghman, Marguerite Hamilton, and Opal Sinclair; and a daughter-in-law, Diane Gardiner.

She is survived by a son, Kenneth Gardiner and his wife, Dayle of Corinna; two daughters, Earlene Hanson and her husband, Jay of Winslow, and Donna Wallace her husband, Raymond of Dexter; a sister, Helen Vanderbilt of Chicago, IL; eight grandchildren, Lori Gardiner and her husband, Brian, Barbara Pepin, Tracy Hogan and her husband, Dwayne, Kathleen Cushing and her husband, Kevin, Cindy Rose and her husband, James III, Jeffrey Hanson and his wife, Donna, Scott Wallace and his wife, Nancy, Mark Wallace and his wife, Samantha; several great and great great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11 AM Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at New Hope Baptist Church in Dexter with Pastors Andrew Spohrer, and Harold Wheeler officiating. Spring burial will be in the West Ripley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Dora Gardiner Memorial Fund, New Hope Baptist Church, 130 Spring Street, Dexter, ME 04930. Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Dexter. For an online guest register, go to
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