DOROTHY H. REARDON

Yarmouth-Dorothy H. Reardon (Dot) died peacefully on March 12, 2016.  Born in Detroit, Michigan, on August 16, 1924, she was the second daughter of George and Alice (Martin) Denyer.  In 1929 her family moved to southern New Brunswick where she developed her great love of the outdoors.  As a girl, Dot learned to trap, fish, and garden, and was active in Canada’s Girl Guides.  She graduated from St. Stephen High School in 1940 and maintained a very active life, participating in ice and roller skating, dancing, swimming, and camping.  She was proud of her US citizenship, Canadian childhood, and English ancestry.

In 1945, she married Leroy Reardon, a WWII serviceman from Calais, Maine. Dot and Roy settled in Yarmouth, Maine, in 1953.  She was very involved in the First Parish Congregational Church and also served as a Cub Scout den mother, Girl Scout troop leader, Music Booster, and was a member of the Fortnightly Club.  Dot was instrumental in starting Yarmouth’s recycling program, and she sewed every Boy Scout neckerchief in Yarmouth for 25 years.  In addition to sewing, she was a knitter, a button collector, and an accomplished rug hooker, creating personalized rugs for each member of her family.

Whether she was crafting, tackling a major renovation project, or attending to a stray child or lost puppy, Dot was fearless in taking on new projects.  Her eagerness to explore new things lasted to the end of her life.  Dot’s most joyous times were spent with her family and friends at her cottage on Cathance Lake in Downeast Maine.  To celebrate her 90th birthday, Dot went “tubing” across the lake behind her son’s motorboat, played cards with her great-grandchildren, and ate chocolate raspberry cream pie. 

Dot is survived by two children, Pat Reardon and his wife Colleen (New Gloucester, ME), and Jan Reardon and her husband Arthur Sloan (Eliot, ME).  Also surviving are her granddaughter Badieh Bryant and her husband Rich (Duvall, WA), and their children, Autumn and Violet.  Dot enjoyed an extended family that includes three step granddaughters, Christine Willard (Midlothian, VA), Cate Nadeau and her husband Jackson (Auburn, ME), and Caroline Willard (Auburn, ME) and three step great-grandchildren, Chloe, Avery and Olivia.  Dot’s surviving siblings are Mary Robinson (Port Angeles, WA), Raymond and Jean Denyer (Winter Park, FL and Vienna, ME), Clarence and Gladys Denyer (Vernon, CT) and William and Geraldine Denyer (Biddeford, ME).

Dorothy is predeceased by her husband, Leroy Reardon, and one sister, Freda Denyer.

 

Visiting hours were held on Saturday, March 19 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Gray, Maine, and were immediately followed by a celebration of Dorothy’s life.  A committal service was held at the Maine Veterans’ Cemetery in Augusta, Maine on Monday, March 21.  Donations can be made to the Salvation Army, or to a charity of your choice.