Falmouth, ME - Lorraine E. Dolley, 92 passed in peace on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in the presence of her daughter after an extended illness.
Born on July 21, 1925 to the late Lester and Madene Pettengill, Lorraine was the eldest of 6 children. As often happens in large families, Lorraine was part big sister, part care taker of her younger siblings. The bond between these siblings lasted a life time.
A talented bunch, they loved to sing together and often family gatherings consisted of lots of music and beautiful singing, more prevalent however, was the laughter. Lorraine had a wonderful sense of humor and was quick with a witty comment.
After graduating from George Stevens Academy she attended Northeastern Business College in Portland and began working for DHS. It was then that she met her future husband of 67 years, the late Lawrence Dolley. Together they had 1 daughter, Nadine Serber. Together they enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping.
As her daughter grew older, Lorraine took a job subbing for the Falmouth School Lunch program. She continued employment there for 36 years, retiring as the Head of the school Lunch Program.
Lorraine was the epitome of the perfect grandparent. She had 2 grandchildren; Deanna Gouzie and Christopher Serber and 5 great-grandchildren; Daniel, Eliza and Tanner Gouzie and Addison and Lilah Serber. They were a great joy to Lorraine.
Even though she was busy maintaining a home and full-time job, she always had time for them. She would drop everything and do whatever the kids would like: cook, sew, build with Lego bricks, play pass, read or even tell stories.
In addition to the aforementioned family, Lorraine is survived by her sisters Sheila Farnum and Betty Dill, brother Rod Pettengill, son-in-law Mark Serber and granddaughter-in-law Kimberly McAuley Serber as well as other family, who loved her, miss her and will always cherish her. She is predeceased by her sister Josephine Gold and her brother William Pettengill.
The family wishes to thank Linda and Jim Beal, caretakers and friends, for the love and kindness they showed to Lorraine as her disease progressed. Additional thanks to the staff at the Landing at Saco Bay.
A service will be planned in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.