Dorothy J. Crocker

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SUMNER – Dorothy J. Crocker died peacefully in her sleep on Friday, April 28, at her home.

She was born on Nov. 13, 1924, at Rumford Center, the daughter of Henry and Delle Billings. She lived in West Sumner until age 5. When the farm was struck by lightning, she moved to Trap Corner, where she was educated in West Sumner and West Paris schools.

She married Erland F. Crocker on Aug. 5, 1943, and they resided in West Paris. In 1954, they made their final home at Labrador Pond, in Sumner. That is where she became a homemaker for the rest of her life, while raising 12 children.

She enjoyed her many flower gardens, feeding the birds, embroidery and crossword puzzles. She took an avid interest in the national news, as well as local. She looked forward to her children’s visits, which were often, and seeing her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly.

After her husband’s return from World War II, she enjoyed taking trips each summer to various places in Canada, St. Lawrence River, Nova Scotia, Lake Champlain, Prince Edward Island and Bar Harbor.

She will be remembered for her great sense of humor, strong will and pretty smile.

She is survived by six daughters, Roberta Buck and husband, Linwood, of Fryeburg, Rosemary Carey and Scott of Kansas, Roseann Breton of Windham, Rosalyn Skwierawski and John of Massachusetts, Rhonda Pinkham and David of Milbridge, and Rosalie Williams and Chuck of Buckfield; three sons, Ronald of Sumner, Rodney and wife, Vicki, of Hartford, and Randy and wife, Ann, of Buckfield; and 17 grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband of 38 years; two sons, Robert and Russell; and one daughter, Rachel.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice for their tender loving care.

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