Ruth Dolley
July 28, 1916 - November 28, 2010
Milo and Kingfield - Ruth Dolley, 94, widow of Milton G. Dolley, passed away peacefully November 28, 2010, in the loving arms of her family. Ruth was born July 28, 1916, in Guilford, the daughter of Estelle (Wharff) and Guy Dow, and was raised by Oscar and Mary Etta “Mammy” Shorey in Dover Foxcroft. Ruth and Mike were married on March 13, 1937. Together, they raised three children; Mitchell Dolley of Kansas, Josephine Bessey of Kingfield, and Timothy Dolley of Arizona. During World War II, Ruth worked for the Canadian Pacific Railroad. After the war, she and Mike lived in various homes along the CP Rail, including Camp Twelve, Brownville Junction, Greenville and Megantic, Quebec. They loved to spend time at their camp on Little Benson Pond, and after Mike retired from the railroad, they enjoyed extensive travel throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Ruth obtained her driver's license at the age of 56, and could rarely be kept at home after that. She spent many happy hours at Bingo halls across Maine and beyond, and reveled in the smallest winnings, no matter how much she spent to play the game. She enjoyed quilting, making novelty craft items, and jellies, jams and fudges, and participated in craft sales until her final day. She was a caring and devoted mother and a wonderful “Mammy” to all her many grand and great-grandchildren. Ruth shared a home with her son, Mitchell in Kansas during the winters, living in Milo in the summers, until moving to Kingfield two years ago, where she made a home with Chuck and Jo Bessey. Ruth is survived by her son, Mitchell, daughter, Jo and son-in-law, Chuck, son, Timothy and daughter-in-law, Barbara, eleven grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She leaves behind her beloved cat, B.B. The family wishes to thank Connie Fitch, Chaplain Dick Waddell and the volunteers of Androscoggin Hospice, as well as Bridging the Gap of Kingfield for their care and friendship during her final months. A memorial service to celebrate Ruth's life will be held at Lary Funeral Home in Dover Foxcroft 11am Friday, December 3, 2010. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Androscoggin Home Health Care, Lewiston Office, P.O. Box 819, Lewiston, Maine 04243-0819, or to Bridging the Gap, 422 Tufts Pond Road, Kingfield, ME 04947. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at

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Memorial Service 11:00am Friday December 3, 2010 Lary Funeral Home Dover-Foxcroft, ME

Patty (Vickers) and Ron Petrie

Timmy, Jessie and Mitchell, Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. Seems like yesterday when we all were growing up in "Skunk Hollow". Hard to believe so many years have passed. They must have as Ron and I just celebrated our 50th. Know your Mom is at peace and lived a good long life. Our Jimmy lives in California now and our Mom is here with us in RI. We sold the family home several years ago. Mom will be 90 Jan. 1st. May God bless all of you. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers. With love, Patty & Ron

Charlotte (Bridges) Hawkins

To Ruth's family, My prayers are with all of you now and in the days that follow. Your Mother was one of the finest lady's I have ever known.. Charlotte and family


Deepest sympathies on the loss of your loved one. May the "God of all comfort, who comforts us in our tribulation" be with you at this time. (2Corinthians1:3,4) Revelation 21:4 promises a time when "death will be no more neither will mourning nor outcry nor death be anymore." John 5:28,29 also offers us another promise. And Psalms 34:18 shows again how God is with us during the most difficult times, "Jehovah is near to those that are broken at heart; And those who are crushed in spirit he saves." You all are in many thoughts and prayers.

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