Dorothy E. Bridges Reynolds Bodger


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Whitneyville - Dorothy E. Bridges Reynolds Bodger, 91, passed away peacefully on August 30, 2018, at the Down East Community Hospital in Machias, Maine. She was born on January 9, 1927, in Whitneyville, the first of four children to Colby and Vivian (Hasty) Bridges. After her father's untimely death at a very young age, her mother, Vivian, married a second time to Norman L. Reynolds. Together, they had two sons, Norman V. and Vinal C. Reynolds.
"Dot", as she was affectionately called, graduated from Machias Memorial High School in 1944. During her high school years, she spent some time during the summer with family and friends in Old Orchard Beach working at a vegetable stand. She also had a summer job at the Masonic Home in Wallingford, Connecticut.
Dot began her working career as a secretary at the Milliken Rayon Mill in Machias, and then at several other positions as a secretary, including the Veteran's Office in Machias and at the Cutler Naval Radio Station, during it's construction in the 1960's.
After completion of the Cutler Naval Radio Station, Dot went on to realize a lifelong dream, pursuing her love of art. She attended an art school in New York City for several years, where she studied to improve on a natural, God-given gift of doing portraits, as well as landscape and still life, in many mediums, including oils, water colors, pencil, and pastels. While attending art school, she worked in a custom framing studio, where she gained knowledge and experience in custom framing, a vocation that paired well with her artistic ability. During this period in December 1968, her first husband, Virgil Reynolds passed away.
It was in New York, in the early 70's, that Dot met John Bodger, whom she would ultimately marry. After their marriage, Dot and John spent a few years in Toledo, Ohio, where he held a position with the University of Toledo and she worked with the art curators at the Toledo Museum. Before returning home to settle in Whitneyville, Dot and John lived and worked in Spring Valley, New York, for a short while. She brought her knowledge and experience home with her and established the Village Studio in Whitneyville, which she ran until her retirement. Along with her many other interests, Wildflower cultivation and their seed distribution was another niche that was one of her loves. Dot had a love of nature and all it's bounties. She was a forager of wild foods such as goose grass greens and dandelion greens. She loved to cook, sew, and play the piano and organ. She played for Sunday services at the Whitneyville Congregational Church for many years. She was also very active in many community and church organizations during her life.
Dot was predeceased by her father, Colby E. Bridges in 1936; her mother, Vivian (Hasty) Bridges-Reynolds in 1945; two sisters- Addie Dennison and Della Carroll; and a brother, Charles Bridges. She is survived by her two brothers, Norman V. Reynolds and his wife, Betty, and Vinal C. Reynolds and his wife, Joyce; and many special nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
A memorial and committal service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the Whitneyville Congregational Church. Interment will be held at a later date. A gathering to share stories and memories will follow the service at the Norman Duzen Fellowship House, next to the church. Condolences and memories may be shared at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Whitneyville Congregational Church or the Whitneyville Public Library.
Published on September 7, 2018
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