1918 – 2014

RUMFORD POINT — Dorothy Dunton, 95, died peacefully Monday, Jan. 6, at her home in Rumford Point.

She was born on Nov. 6, 1918, in Concord, N.H., the daughter of Edna and Cliff Morrill. Dot graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire and moved to Maine to begin her teaching career. On June 26, 1943, she married William H. Dunton, a loving partnership that lasted 52 years, until Bud’s death in 1995.

Dot was a passionate scholar and educator throughout her life. She taught high school English across the state, earned a master’s degree from the University of Maine, facilitated classes at the University of Maine and the Mahoosuc senior college, and was a member of the book and Searchlight clubs. Dot was highly involved in civics and government. She was a leader in the League of Women Voters, a fundraiser for United Way, president of the hospital auxiliary, and a candidate for both mayor of Auburn and the Maine House of Representatives.

Dot never shied away from a challenge and her most memorable times were spent on various escapades with family and great friends. Later in life, she took great pleasure in weaving stories of these wonderful times.

Dot is survived by her son, Bill, and his companion, Saxyn Piffath, of Bethel; daughter-in-law, Mary Buzzard and husband, Timothy, of Rumford; granddaughter, Jill Bartash and husband, John, of Mexico; grandson, Rick Dunton and wife, Tricia, of Buckfield; and great-grandsons, Jack, Sam and Henry.

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