Dorothy M. McPherson

MEXICO – Dorothy “Dot” “Dottie” Mae McPherson, 46, of Mexico passed away suddenly as the result of a snowmobile accident on Jan. 21, 2023. Dottie was born in Norway, Maine on April 25, 1976, and was the daughter of Danny and Angie McPherson. She was so proud to be the namesake of her late grandmother.

Dottie grew up in Rumford Point where her love for adventure, sports, and nature began. This is also where she created and cherished childhood memories that would last her lifetime and that she loved talking about, especially family gatherings on Whippoorwill Road with all the McPhersons. Throughout her school years, Dottie excelled in sports and had a natural and exceptional competitive spirit. She was an incredible three-sport all-star athlete, a leader on and off the field and court, and was a role model to younger athletes that looked up to her. Her senior year she was even Prom Queen, a story she was always sharing.

After high school Dottie chose to challenge herself and proudly serve her country by enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. This would become her greatest accomplishment. In her years of service, she quickly rose to the rank of Sergeant and continued her selfless service earning the Humanitarian Service Medal. She was an exceptional Marine in her combat engineer occupation field earning two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. Dottie was also selected to the All-Marine Softball team, a sport that she had an extra special passion for.

After the Marine Corps Dottie worked as a corrections officer and then began her long tenure at the Rumford Paper Mill advancing in her career to her most recent role as the Store Room Manager. She took great pride as a leader, a mentor, and had a work ethic that was unmatched. Dottie was greatly respected by everyone she worked with and was the best at what she did. During a special time in her life, Dottie also worked for the family logging and farming business with her brothers and nephew where she developed lifelong skills and made special memories.

In 2010 Dottie reconnected with Renee Lizotte, who would become the love of her life. They were married in 2013 and began a life that people could only dream of. Dottie was the most caring, trusting, patient, kind, fun, and loving wife and best friend. Together they created special memories traveling, enjoying live music, dinner table talks, dancing in the kitchen, laughing, enjoying nature, working on their home (a place Dottie was very proud of), and many spontaneous adventures.

Dottie lived her life to the absolute fullest every day. Her passions included being outside in nature hunting with her brother and nephews, riding Polaris snowmobiles, riding her dirt bike, playing sports, watching sports (especially women’s softball, women’s college basketball, Little League World Series, and football), sitting by campfires, playing cornhole, riding down dirt roads, giving haircuts, and spending time with her cherished family and friends. Dottie’s smile was contagious, and she lit up every room she entered. She had a special way of making everyone around her feel loved and would do anything for anyone with a genuine and caring heart. Dottie always gave strength to others when they needed it the most. Anyone who met Dottie, loved Dottie.

Dottie’s void in the hearts and souls of everyone will be felt forever.

Dottie was predeceased by her father Danny McPherson. She is survived by her mother, Angie McPherson; her wife, Renee Lizotte; her siblings, Ed McPherson and wife Lori, Fred McPherson and wife Jen, Kevin McPherson and wife Christine, and Sonya Thibodeau; her nieces and nephews, Cody McPherson and wife Courtney, Garrett McPherson and girlfriend Heidi, Wade McPherson and wife Whitney, Kassie Thibodeau, Ethan McPherson, K.J. Thibodeau, Erin McPherson, Zoe Townsend, Layne Johnston, and Malcolm Townsend; her great-nieces and nephews, Corbin, Capri, Wyman, Wilder, and Baby McPherson; many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and friends that were family to Dottie.

A private Military Honors Ceremony will be held on Friday, Feb. 3, followed by a Celebration of Dottie’s Life at The American Legion Hall in Rumford from 1 to 4 p.m..

Arrangements are under the care of Thibault Remembrance Center | 250 Penobscot Street Rumford, ME 04276 | (207) 364-4366.

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