Dorothy's Story

MONSON - It is with sadness that we announce that Dorothy Grace (Cushing) Tabor, 92, died on August 17, 2015, after a period of failing health. Dorothy was born May 30, 1923, the oldest child of Harland and Evelyn (Clark) Cushing of Pembroke, Maine.

Growing up on their Downeast farm, she attended local schools and was graduated from Pembroke High School. With a gleam in her eye, she told her granddaughters the story of skipping school in 1940 and getting to Calais "somehow" to see "Gone With the Wind." She never said if her parents found out about her mischief.

Dorothy married Winston D. Tabor of Eastport and traveled around the country during the Second World War. She was living in Manhattan, Kansas, when her younger brother, Julian Cushing, was killed in an automobile accident. She returned to Pembroke to be with her parents and sister. Eventually, she and Win parted ways, and she moved to Massachusetts where she raised her three children largely by herself. A strong woman, indeed. She worked in various electronics industries in the Boston area. One job was in North Station in Boston where the Boston Celtics were headquartered, and she frequently met some of the players. She enjoyed meeting Bill Russell, in particular. She was a fan of other Boston teams as well, especially the Red Sox and "Yaz."

She returned to Maine in the 1980s and worked in Bangor and then retired to Monson in 1995 to be near her son and his family. A highlight for her and all her family were the Fourth of July trips Downeast to picnic at Dr. Best's cottage on Leighton Point in Pembroke.

Dorothy was always an avid reader, reading several books a week. She loved cats and also had a collection of various cat-themed items. She will be missed by her cat, Ling-Ling.

She received the Boston Post Cane in November, 2014, as the oldest resident of Monson. She was pleased with the party that was given in her honor at Hebron Heights with family and friends. She had many friends, particularly Jim Rathburn and Sydney Pratt also of Hebron Heights.

Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, Harland and Evelyn Cushing, her brother, Julian, her great-grandson, Samuel Damon Reed, and nephew, Dennis Bartlett. She is survived by her children, Sandra Morin, of Manchester, New Hampshire, Carole and her husband, Robert Dery of Beverly, Massachusetts, and Harland Gary Tabor and his wife, Jeannie, of Monson, Maine. She is also survived by her sister, Iva Bartlett, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire as well as many nieces and nephews. Her grandchildren are Brian Barnes, of Pembroke, Maine, Jane Tabor and her husband, David Rodick, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Anne Tabor of Bangor, Maine, John Tabor of Bangor, Maine, and Ross Tabor and Aya Mares of Vinalhaven, Maine. She is also survived by a special great-granddaughter--her first, Amy Dutton and her family of Raymond, New Hampshire. Great-granddaughters Charlotte Lucy Reed of Bangor and Aurora Grace Tabor of Levant were greatly loved as well as numerous other great-grandchildren. Dorothy loved her family above everything else and shamelessly spoiled her grandchildren—and their friends. Her gift-buying at Christmas was epic and her chocolate chip cookies were more famous than Amos'. John and Ross both have memories of trips to MacDonald's with Nana for the Happy Meals that neither one ate. All they wanted were the toys. Any child's wish spoken aloud was Nana's cue to make it come true.

Dorothy's family would like to thank all her caregivers at Maine Home Health Care, Hospice of Maine, and C.A. Dean Hospital and Nursing Home for their excellent care and support. A special thank you goes to Monson Fire and Rescue. As per her wishes, there will be no funeral service but a family gathering and time of remembrance will be held in September in Pembroke.

Donations in Dorothy's memory may be made to the Bangor Humane Society 693 Mount Hope Ave., Bangor, Maine 04401 or to Monson Fire Department P.O. Box 308, Monson, ME 04463. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft. Condolences and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.
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