Shirley's Story

ORONO - Shirley Doten Oliver, 88, died on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 surrounded by her family at Saint Joseph hospital in Bangor. She was born July 1, 1927 in Bangor, the daughter of Henry and Cora (Russell) Doten.

Shirley attended schools in Augusta and Orono. She graduated from Orono High School and the University of Maine earning both a bachelor's and master's degree in education. She taught school in Newton, MA, New Britain, CT, and Bangor before joining the faculty of the University of Maine where she was a Professor Emeritus of Human Development. Shirley was instrumental in initiating the Head Start Program in the state of Maine and received national recognition for her work with Head Start. She co-authored the book Nutrition, A Teachers Sourcebook of Integrated Activities. Upon retiring from the University, she served on the State Board of Education. She was a member of Phi Mu Fraternity, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Mayflower Society and the Church of Universal Fellowship. She enjoyed painting, reading and spending time with her family at camp.

She is survived by her two daughters and their husbands; Sharon Oliver and Robert Spencer, Jr. of Bangor and Susan Oliver and Neil Laffely of Gallatin, TN; one grandson, Gareth Oliver Laffely; two sisters-in-law, Patricia (Fortier) Doten of Hallowell and Janet (Oliver) Macintosh of GA; several nieces; and a nephew.

Friends may call 4 - 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 at the Orono Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 72 Main Street Orono. A service of remembrance will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 16 at the Church of Universal Fellowship, 82 Main Street, Orono, with the Rev. Lorna Grenfell celebrant. Those who wish to remember Shirley in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the William A. and Shirley Doten Oliver Scholarship fund payable to the University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469-5792. Condolences to the family may be expressed at
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