1928 – 2015

WEST PARIS — Dorothy M. Bean, 87, of Bethel, died Saturday evening, Aug. 22, at Ledgeview Center.

She was born in Shelburne, N.H., on Aug. 12, 1928, a daughter of Roland F. and Margaret Wilson Hayes. She graduated from Gorham High School in Gorham, N.H., in the Class of 1948. She married Richard W. Bean on Oct. 16, 1948; he died on Aug. 12, 1981.

Dorothy was a homemaker and worked as a chambermaid in area inns. She was a life member of the Jackson-Silver American Legion Auxiliary, Post No. 68. Dorothy was an avid beano player and gardener, and she also enjoyed fishing with her husband.

She is survived by two sons, Harlan and his wife, Kathy, of South Paris, and Wayne and his wife, Wilma, of Bethel; four granddaughters, Kristen Searles and fiance, Matthew Brackett, Karole-Ann Kenniston and husband, Heath, Staci Coolidge and husband, Jim, and Jennifer Merrill and husband, Richard; nine great-grandchildren, Kemsen, Karter, Katie, Taylor, Daniel, Gabe, Andrew, Samuel and Eva-Marie; four brothers, Roland Jr., Richard, Warren and Charlie Hayes; a sister, Shirley Lemay; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Ruth Grover and her daughter, Jamie.

Dorothy was predeceased by her husband; and three sisters, Doris Gorham, Helen Saunders and Tilly Myers.

Online condolences may be shared with her family at www.chandlerfunerals.com.

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