Dorothy, 86, died at home, Jan. 4, 2022, on a cold and sunny Tuesday morning with her husband and daughters by her side after a hard-fought battle with liver cancer. She is now resting in the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ. She was born in Enfield on Aug. 7, 1935, to Lewis and Josephine (Hanscom) DeLaite, the sixth of seven children, all girls. The family later moved to Verona Island, where she attended grade school in the two-room schoolhouse across the street from her home on the island and then Bucksport Walter H. Gardner High School, where she graduated in the Class of 1954.
Her life was fulfilled with traveling around the United States and the world with her military husband, Howard V. York, after their marriage on Nov. 1, 1952, with Richard and Nonie Varnum as best man and matron of honor. They celebrated 69 years of marriage; and people said it would never last. Boy, were they wrong! She enjoyed packing the family up and traveling to new states and other countries as she saw each move as a new adventure until Howard retired in May of 1973 and they moved back to Maine. They also traveled extensively around the U.S. after his second retirement from the Bucksport Jewett School. For many years they enjoyed wintering in Zephyrhills, Fla. Lifelong friends were made throughout their travels.
Dot enjoyed many things in life. Service to others was just the beginning: She was an active member of the Non-Commissioned Officer Wives’ Club from 1963 in Bermuda, volunteering at the base hospital and elementary school. She was nominated NCO Wives’ Club Wife of the Month at Kindley AFB, Bermuda. She was a volunteer for Vietnamese children’s literacy programs in Falls Church, Va. She was an active member of the Franklin St. United Methodist Church since 1973. She was a cheerleading coach for Pop Warner football along with Adrian McDonald. She was a member of the Penobscot Historical Society for many years and an active member of the Verona Women’s Club from 1973 until just this last year. In her later years, she became a certified nurse’s aide under the teaching of her oldest daughter. She enjoyed caring for the elderly at the Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle.
Her personal enjoyments were gardening, from her flower beds to her vegetables she produced every year. She always looked forward to springtime when she could get her hands in the fresh earth and watch the life of those plants that would be produced, many of which she entered and won blue ribbons at the Blue Hill Fair. She loved baseball and used to be an active softball player in her younger years. Crocheting, knitting, quilting and baked goods were treasured items by many as gifts from her bountiful handiwork.
Dorothy is survived by her husband of 69 years, Howard; daughters Rhonda and Don Loncto of Fletchers Landing and Marlene and Doug Robinson of Holden; younger sister Cleo and Bob of Verona Island; grandchildren Todd and Annette Parlin of Oklawaha, Fla., Christopher Parlin and partner Amy of Winterport, Jessica and John Hart of Norfolk, Va., Dustin and Chelsea Brown of Orrington and Ben and Lucas York of Biddeford; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins, too many to name, but all who knew her, please know that you held a special place in her heart.
She was predeceased by her parents, Lewis and Josephine DeLaite; son Bryant York; sisters Genevieve, Louise, Maudie, Daphene and Christine; and two great-grandchildren, Xander and Weslyn.
A special note from her: “I want to thank my daughters, Rhonda and Marlene, for their wonderful care. My husband, Howard, for staying by my side. Also, Northern Light Home and Hospice caregivers for their care and concern in my last days.”
A celebration of life service will be held in the spring and will be announced at a later date. Arrangements by Mitchel-Tweedie Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Bucksport. www.mitchelltweedie-young.com.