Dorothy's Story

Dover-Foxcroft - Dorothy Mae Huntington Anderson, 85, died October 6, 2016, at Hibbard Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dover-Foxcroft. She was born July 25, 1931, in Dover-Foxcroft, the daughter of Kenneth and Ivy (Merrill) Huntington.
Dotty graduated from Foxcroft Academy, Class of 1950. She was an operator at the New England Telephone Company when she married Thomas K. Anderson, November 15, 1958. As newlyweds, they lived on the family farm in Sangerville. She continued to work for the phone company until the birth of their daughter, Nancy. In 1965, they moved to Dover-Foxcroft, where she lived the remainder of her life.
Motherhood is where she found her greatest joy. She gave everything she had to her three children. Before her own children were born, she helped her sister, Evelyn, raise her daughters, Tina and Cindy, who have always thought of Aunt Dot as their second mother.
When Tommy was injured in a trucking accident, she went back to work for the phone company, eventually traveling to the Bangor office, until her retirement. She also worked at Mayo Regional Hospital in the dietary department. Her final "job" was caring for her beloved grandchildren. They have many fond memories of the Enchanted Forest, Peaks-Kenny State Park, "Donut Day" at Mayo (by Judy Alexa), fun times at the Kiwanis Park, decorating holiday cookies, and playing games with Grammie Dot.
With much dignity, strength, and her never ending faith in God, she lived her life, always thinking of others before herself.
She was predeceased by her parents; her beloved husband, Tommy; stepfather, Walter Steadman; brother, Howard Huntington; and sister, Sarah Severance. She is survived by her son, Paul, of Etna, two daughters, Nancy Robinson and her husband, Mark, and Lisa Tenan and her husband, Larry, all of Dover-Foxcroft; her grandchildren, Kayla and Kelsie Anderson, Alyssa and husband, Cory Bloom, Amanda and husband, Lincoln Robinson, Jillian and Gunnar Tenan; and her great- grandson, Thomas Bloom. She is also survived by her sister, Evelyn Higgins and husband, Larry, and their daughter, Jenny Mae; brother-in-law, Everett Severance; sister-in-law, Larette Lynch; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family would like to thank the staff at Hibbard Nursing Home, who have been a part of her family for the last eight and a half years.
Visiting hours will be held 3-6 p.m. Sunday, October 9, 2016, at the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft. A funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m. Monday, October 10, 2016, at the United Methodist Church, with Pastor Mark Stevens officiating. Burial will be in the family lot in Gray Cemetery. Flowers are appreciated, or those who wish may make donations to the United Methodist Church, PO Box 62, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426. Condolences may be expressed at
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