CORINTH – Doris “Dot” (Fernald) Skolfield, 89, died peacefully March 15, 2009, surrounded by her loving family, at a Bangor nursing home. She was born April 17, 1919, in Willimantic, the daughter of William and Florence Southard. Doris was adopted at an early age by Warren and Bertha Fernald, and spent her childhood years in Dexter and Garland, graduating from N. H. Fay High School, Dexter, Class of 1938. Doris married Alfred R. Skolfield Sr. in 1939, and they celebrated 54 years of marriage prior to his death in 1994. She was a wonderful cook and with her husband, owned and operated Skolfield’s Restaurant, Corinth, for many years. Doris was a very strong and athletic woman and loved being outdoors, especially at Ripley Pond. She was a very kind and caring person who loved her family, especially all of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and the many foster children she raised. She was a long-term youth scout leader and was responsible for teaching many young girls and boys how to swim at Prebles “Rock” beach. Doris was a proud member of the Rebekah’s, the grange and United Methodist Church, Corinth, finding great strength in her faith. She is survived by her children, Sandra Jean Moody and her husband, Byron, of Ripley and Rockledge, Fla., Sue Ellen McLaughlin and her husband, Larry, of Old Town, Barry Wayne Skolfield and his wife, Diana, of Corinth, and Alfred Robert Skolfield Jr. and his wife, Cleo, of Island Falls. Doris will be fondly remembered as “Grammie,” “Nana” or “LaLa” by her 18 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Additional survivors include a sister, Jane Harkin of Salem, Ore.; a brother, Ralph Smith of Brewer; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Doris was predeceased by her husband, Alfred Skolfield Sr.; a sister, Lois Chute; and brothers, Dana, Clifton, Alton, Marshal and William. The family wishes to acknowledge and thank Pastor Cindy Nickerson of Corinth United Methodist Church, Hospice of Eastern Maine and the staff at Ross Manor for the wonderful care Doris received. The kindness and courtesy extended to the family is greatly appreciated. Funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m. Wednesday at Corinth United Methodist Church with the Rev. Cynthia Nickerson officiating. Family and friends may call 2 p.m. until the time of service. Those who wish may make donations in her memory to Corinth United Methodist Church or Ross Manor Activities Fund. Funeral arrangements are by Thompson Funeral Home, 17 Hudson Road, Corinth.
DORIS (FERNALD) SKOLFIELD
Posted March 16, 2009, at 7:41 p.m.