ORRINGTON – Dorothy “Dot” Geraldine (McLean) Stewart, 90, died Dec. 24, 2010, surrounded by her loving family at her home, after a long and full life. She was born July 6, 1920, in Bangor, the daughter of Thomas and Theresa (Boutilier) McLean. In her youth Dorothy worked as a secretary for several years in Washington, D.C., and Dayton, Ohio, prior to World War II. After meeting her husband, Francis “Bink” Stewart, they married in 1946, and returned to Maine to build their family home in Orrington. Dot focused her life on raising her children and helping her husband build his business, Stewart’s Wrecker Service. They were married for 42 years before his death in 1988. In later years, she continued to assist her sons with the family business and devoted much of her life to spending time with her beloved grandchildren, often providing them a home away from home. Dot loved genealogy and spent many hours writing and mapping family histories and stories. In addition, she was an avid reader and could always be found swinging on her front porch on sunny days with a book in hand. Dot was a true lady, preferring high heels long after she could no longer walk in them and would wear them while sitting in her chair because she could still enjoy looking at them. Surviving are five children, James Elliot Stewart and his wife, Jackie, of Orrington, John Phillip Stewart of Orrington, Rosalie Anne Stewart of Little Rock, Ark., Darlene Joan Conary and her husband, Maynard, of Orrington and Arlene Jane Boyorak of Dedham; grandchildren, Jennifer Lynne Copeland of Largo, Fla., Angela Marie Hodgdon of McGehee, Ark., Jeremy Michael Hodgdon of Orrington, Heather Marie Van Dyne and her husband, Zachary, of Holden and her “miracle grandson,” Jacob William Boyorak of Dedham; great-grandchildren, Brett, Paul Jr., Andrea, Meghan, Dakota, Tyler and Kimber; one sister, Jean Harris and her husband, Don, of Merced, Calif.; brother-in-law, Donald Stewart and his wife, Velma, of Old Town; many nieces and nephews; countless other inherited children and grandchildren; many family friends; and a special friend and longtime pen pal for more than 70 years, Mary Lou O’Neil of Florida. She was predeceased by her husband, Francis; one brother, Thomas; one sister, Marion; and by a son, Charles Tommy. Dorothy’s family especially thanks the Rev. Robert Carlson, the many friends and family who showed their love and support and Hospice of Eastern Maine for their compassionate care during her final days. Family and friends may visit 2-4 p.m. and 6 p.m. until the time of service Monday, Dec. 27, at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 69 State St., Brewer. A service honoring Dorothy’s life will be held 7 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Robert T. Carlson, pastor emeritus of East Orrington Congregational Church, presiding. Burial will be at a time to be announced in the spring at Marston Cemetery, Orrington. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.
DOROTHY G. ‘DOT’ (MCLEAN) STEWART
Posted Dec. 26, 2010, at 7 p.m.