ORRINGTON – Dorothy Cousins Parlee passed away peacefully Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, from cancer, while under the care of her family, at home. Dorothy was born June 23, 1929, in Caribou, the only daughter of Louis R. and Mildred (Matthews) Cousins. Dot was a graduate of Caribou High School. While raising five children she worked for Dead River Co., Dakins’ Sporting Goods and Harding’s Florist. After retiring Dot was able to enjoy her favorite activities; she was a voracious reader and a master at crosswords and Scrabble. Dot and family took many camping trips throughout New England and enjoyed visiting lighthouses. She and Wes took two incredible trips across the country and to Alaska into the Arctic Circle. She loved the 22 years spent at camp on Green Lake, where many celebrations and gatherings were enjoyed with family and friends. In recent years, she enjoyed the company of her dear friends at senior aerobics, Meals for Me, Better Breathers Club, as well as dinners out with various beloved friends and family. The family is grateful to New Hope Hospice for the incredible gifts of guidance, support and generosity provided to us. She is survived by her beloved husband of 47 years, Albert “Wes” Parlee; daughters, Carolyn Stults of Santa Maria, Calif., Louise of Orrington and Kathleen of South Portland; sons, William White of New York and Burt of Naples, Fla.; granddaughter, Jennifer Clark and partner, Scott McNish, of Brewer; grandsons, William White of Perry, Travis and Morgan White of New York and James Clark and wife, Rebekah, of Bangor; several great-grandchildren; four brothers, Don and wife, Helen Cousins, of Charlotte Harbor, Fla., Ralph and wife, Dora Cousins, of Millinocket, Stewart Cousins of Caribou and Charles C. Cousins; stepson, Kevin Grindle of Lubec; along with many special nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, Lewis R. and Mildred M. Cousins; four brothers, Harold, Richard, Philip and Alan; along with five sisters-in-law, Constance (Drake) Cousins, Margaret Louise Cousins, Marion Cousins, Harriett M. Cousins and Susan Cousins; one great-granddaughter, one great-grandson, several nieces and nephews. A service of remembrance will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, with the Rev. Susan Davenport and the Rev. Robert T. Carlson co-officiating. Those wishing to remember Dorothy in a special way may make gifts in her memory to Brewer Public Library. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
DOROTHY C. PARLEE
Posted Sept. 25, 2009, at 7:48 p.m.