Dorothy W. (Woodman) Hatch

Dorothy W. (Woodman) Hatch

Portland, ME - Dorothy W. Hatch died peacefully on March 20, 2019, the first day of spring. A super full moon shone down on her that evening.

Born in Franklin, New Hampshire on November 25, 1925, she was the daughter of Dr. James B. Woodman and Ethel E. Woodman. She and her young family moved a number of times to places including New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Her anchor was always Ragged Mountain Fish and Game Club in Andover, NH where she spent her summers and met her husband, Howard S. Hatch Jr. at age 10.

She attended Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass. and Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. Later in life, Dorothy lived in Jupiter, Fla. and then spent her last years in Portland, Maine.

She was a world traveler involving business and pleasure. She was the owner of a Color Me Beautiful consulting business. Many lucky clients of hers are still checking their colors according to her recommendations. Dorothy also enjoyed several years of selling real estate in Conway, NH.

Her hobbies included knitting, needlework, sewing, and jewelry making. She had a green thumb, tending to beautiful gardens in the many places where she lived. She was a volunteer in many organizations including Red Cross, The League of Women Voters, and the Brownies as a troop leader.

Dottie’s favorite job was being a loving mother to her 3 children, grandmother to 5, and great grandmother to 4. She was always caring, compassionate, and was noted for her unflagging sense of humor.

She was predeceased by her husband, Howard S. Hatch Jr., and brothers Dr. Everett M. Woodman, and James B. Woodman. Survivors include her children, Howard S. Hatch III & wife Betsi Taylor, Susan H. Barton and husband, Alan, Judith H. Oberg and husband, Peter. Grandchildren include Hallory Haley, James Oberg, Sumner and Travis Hatch & Sam Barton. Her great grandchildren are Jackson & Jayne Oberg, Sawyer & Ellis Haley. She is also survived by numerous beloved nieces & nephews.

Memories of her grace, charm and sense of humor will endure in many hearts.

Many thanks to the staff at The Barron Center. Their loving care is appreciated by all in the family.

We love you Mom and will miss you.

A celebration of life will be held in August of 2019. Details TBA. Memorial contributions are encouraged with your favorite charity.


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  • Tony Wold on

    Dotty was a warm spot for all of us. One felt better after seeing her, speaking with her, all was, or would be, ok. This is how I remember Dotty, who always showed me nothing but kindness and glad tidings. She leaves earth but not our hearts.

  • Tannye Wold on

    Dotty always a huge hug and smile whenever we saw each other again.you were always so interested in what was happening I enjoyed introducing you to my customers in my early boutique days !
    You raised wonderful creative caring people a huge tribute to you. I am grateful for friendships with you and them.
    Please soar in the heavens Dotty.
    I would like to know when the service will be.

  • Thomas Bryant on

    Always had a smile, even when we tried to get Judy into trouble during our younger years in Conway. Heaven has another angel.

  • Cheryl Hurst on

    Sorry to hear of your loss,I remember her coming to Nearledge Inn for breakfast after her bike ride to eat apple pie
    Also visiting us when we lived off the west side road Hello to Susan and Howard my thoughts are with you

  • Lydia Lansing on

    I am so sorry to see the news about your Mom. She was a wonderful lady full of good humor and grace. It’s impossible that I’ve known you all for so many years. Please LMK where you all are! And, yes, I DO check my colors ALL THE TIME!!! My best to everyone… Lydia



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