Florence (Dolly) White Pusey departed peacefully at the setting of the Flower Moon, May 8, 2020 in Bangor. She had journeyed gracefully through a season of dementia to a gentle passing. Dolly was born on Feb. 9, 1930, in Washington, D.C., to Rear Adm. Arthur J. and Eleanor White.
Dolly grew up in Annapolis, Md., near the campus of the U.S. Naval Academy. She attended high school in Chevy Chase, Md., and attended Wilson Teachers College. Dolly married Rev. Bradford Pusey and they had five children. She served many years as a minister’s wife at Valley Presbyterian Church in Bainbridge, Ohio, and Park Central Presbyterian Church in Syracuse, N.Y. Dolly was loved by parishioners and friends within both church communities. Over the years, Mom graciously opened our home for youth groups and church committee meetings.
Dolly also spent many years as an educator in the reading lab at Nottingham High School. She loved her work with the students and her joyful, upbeat personality often graced the hallways. Dolly had a unique skill for helping struggling students succeed.
The family spent summers vacationing in Maine. In the fall of 1982, Dolly moved permanently to Brooklin. Upon moving to Maine, the loving friendship of Frank Day Jr. (June) supported Dolly in settling into her new community. At his boat building shop on the Benjamin River, June gave her the opportunity to fulfill a lifetime dream of pursuing her love of woodworking. She was active in the Blue Hill Congregational Church, where she shared her lifelong gift of hospitality. Later, Dolly directed a senior program in Blue Hill, making desserts and planning weekly activities.
Eventually, she became involved in home health care, which led her to become a companion/caregiver to Adm. Joe Fowler, the engineer and co-creator of both Disneyland and Disney World. For 10 years, Dolly and Joe summered in Brooksville and wintered in Orlando, Fla. It was during her time with Joe that she grew to love all things Disney. Once again, Dolly’s gift of hospitality led to her hosting many gatherings in Joe’s home, where she developed a warm friendship with Winnie and Arnold Palmer. Her relationship with the Palmers nurtured in her a deep love of golf. She loved watching Sunday afternoon golf tournaments, especially the Bay Hill Invitational.
The moon, Maine’s beautiful treasures of stones, eider ducks at reverse falls bridge and the natural world in general filled her soul with happiness. Dolly possessed a uniquely fearless curiosity and a certain degree of reckless abandon. She enjoyed caring for her home and property, and took special pleasure in a neatly-trimmed lawn. Here she did battle with dandelions, chipmunks in her tulip bed and “that damned rosebush.” Without fail, she selflessly welcomed her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren into her home.
Dolly will be dearly missed by her children, Deb and Bill Case of Blue Hill, Brad and Stephanie Pusey of Naples, Fla., Scott and Paula Pusey of Sedgwick, Meg and Jim Anthis of Jamesville, N.Y., and Dan and Tana Pusey of Dewitt, N.Y. Dolly was much loved and precious to all of her 14 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren, including her brand new great-granddaughter, Dahlia (Dolly) Ruth Flint.
The family will be gathering in the future. Memorial donations may be made to the Brooklin Volunteer Fire Department and the Peninsula Ambulance Corps. Also, the family would like to thank the angels at Westgate Center for Rehabilitation and Alzheimer’s Care in Bangor. Truly, the Lord was her shepherd throughout her life (Psalm 23).