Ruth Dolley

July 28, 1916
- November 28, 2010

MILO AND KINGFIELD - Ruth Dolley, 94, wife of the late Milton G. Dolley, passed away peacefully Nov. 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 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 Canadian Pacific 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 age 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 grandchildren 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, 11 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She leaves behind her beloved cat, B.B. The family thanks 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 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Androscoggin Home Health Care, Lewiston Office, P.O. Box 819, Lewiston, ME 04243-0819 or Bridging the Gap, 422 Tufts Pond Road, Kingfield, ME 04947. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at

Published in Bangor Daily News on November 30, 2010

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