Obituary for Dorothy Alice Todd
Owls Head - Dorothy (Goodnow) Todd, 91 passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, Saturday, April 15, 2017.
Dorothy was born March 26, 1926 in Stillwater, Maine to Fred and Evelyn Goodnow. She was the granddaughter of Wilbur and Pearle Miles with whom she spent the first 13 years of her life growing up on their farm in Stillwater, making wonderful memories that she so cherished.
Educated locally, Dorothy was a 1943 graduate of Rockland High School and attended the University of Maine at Orono. Summers she worked at her parent’s soda fountain at Goodnow’s Pharmacy in Rockland where she eventually met her future husband Bert who was stationed at the Rockland Coast Guard station. They married on June 16, 1946 and together they made their home in Rockland. Dorothy spent most of her life as a homemaker and a devoted mother raising her five children.
She loved each and every one of her children and their families unconditionally and always stayed a big part of their lives. She was the rock of the family. Dorothy was always there when anyone needed her for support and advice.
Animals had a special place in Dorothy’s heart as well. She was kind and caring and took in many stray cats that she would find homes for and any other animals her children would drag home.
Dorothy loved to cook and often referred to herself as a “foodie.” She always was cooking delicious home cooked food from scratch and the house had a wonderful aroma as soon as you opened the door which was always open. She made everyone feel warm and welcome. Family and friends looked forward to gathering for her famous Sunday dinners.
Dorothy was a voracious reader; reading anything she could get her hands on. She loved to learn about the world and was especially intrigued with Egyptian history. She read the newspapers daily and was always up on all current events. Dorothy had an amazing memory and could recite many famous poems and many classic passages she had learned as a child.
Throughout the years, Dorothy enjoyed trips with the Senior Citizens Club and bus tours with Bert. She was always game to go along with any of her children to different events, trips or to just go on errands with them. She simply loved to be part of their lives.
Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Robert C. Todd (Bert) of 57 years; son Robert M. Todd (Bobby); brothers, Fred Jr. and David Goodnow. She is survived by her son Richard Todd of Rockland; daughters, Sue Tinker-Madore and her husband Jay of Owls Head, Jane McGuire and her husband Michael of Owls Head, Amy Drinkwater and her husband Kurt of Rockport; sister Lynda Harvey and her husband Les; nine grandchildren, Ryan and Megan Tinker, Anthony Madore, Tracy Powers, James Todd, Allie Todd, Kayla McGuire, Evan and Addie Drinkwater; and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. A service of love and remembrance will be held at 6;00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland ME 04841 or to Meals on Wheels, c/o MCH Inc., 46 Summer St., Rockland, ME 04841
Her family extends special thanks to her caregivers and friends from PALS, PBMC and the Knox Center.
To share a memory or condolence with the Todd family, please visit their Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.