May 28, 2020
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EAST MACHIAS – Dorothy Randall Gaddis, R.N., 89, of 74 Cutler Road, entered into eternal life Feb. 13, 2010. She was born in Richmond, Vt., and grew up in Oakland. After graduating from Williams High School, Oakland, in 1938 and then Eastern Maine Medical Center Nursing School and the University of Maine in 1943, she came to Washington County as a Maine Public Health nurse in Lubec. After a courtship with Ralph Gaddis, they were married in 1946. Having lived next to Washington Academy, her home has always been a center for kids and people of all ages. Dot was involved with many organizations, including Jacksonville Grange as chaplain, Red Hatters Club, Down East Community Hospital trustee, Senior Companions, Rebekah’s, Independent Order of Odd Fellows of East Machias and Pembroke, Machias Extension Homemakers, East Machias Historical Society, University of Maine Alumni Association, East Machias Cemetery Association, First Baptist Church of East Machias, past president of the MS Chapter of Washington County and University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service of Washington County. Dorothy was a member of First Congregational Church of East Machias and knew the Lord personally through her daily devotions. She worked diligently at rebuilding the church steeple. Dot was also a Leon Look Volunteer Service Award recipient. She helped start Down East Community Hospital as a head nurse, emergency nurse, operating nurse and therapy nurse. Then she helped as a nurse in Maine Public Health in homes and schools. Many people benefited by her home visits. She was a member and past president of Down East Community Hospital Auxiliary and past cooperator. She was always ready to help those in need and supported her family. Whenever there was a call, she would make banana bread to take to others. She loved concerts and was always grateful to all those who took her there. She had continued taking courses at the University of Maine at Machias with daughter-in-law, Benita Gaddis, through Sunrise Senior College. She was predeceased by her husband, Ralph Gaddis; her brother, Carl Randall; and a great-grandson. She is survived by her three sons, James and Joyce Gaddis, Tom and Benita Gaddis, and Paul Gaddis. She is also blessed to have grandchildren, Stephanie and Brian Purcell, Rachel Gaddis and friend, Jessie Gorman, Amanda and Matt Turner, Adam Gaddis, David Dennis, Donnie and Lynette Dennis, Andrew Babonis, Michelle and Tony Neron, Charlene Gaddis and friend, Brandon Nyman, Krystle Gaddis, Samuel Gaddis, and Wende and Abe Amerie. She also loved her 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Dorothy was also blessed with many special personal friends. A special thanks is given to all those at Narraguagus Bay Health Care Facility, Eastern Maine Medical Center and Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. A celebration of her life and homecoming will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at East Machias Congregational Church. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Dorothy Gaddis, R.N., Nursing Scholarship account at Machias Savings Bank, care of Dick Shaw, P.O. Box 318, Machias, ME 04654. Arrangements by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, 220 Court St., Machias.

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