AUBURN and SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Celia F. Dunham, 97, died Feb. 18, 2016, after many declining years of health at Auburn Odd Fellows Nursing Home. She moved to the Auburn area when her health no longer allowed her to live on her own. She was born April 15, 1918, in Prospect Harbor, the only child of Irving Darold and Delia Adelle (Noonan) Farley.
She attended the local schoolhouse located very close to the farm she grew up on in Prospect Harbor, which is the farm land that the new Gouldsboro school was built on a few years back. In 1936, she graduated from Winter Harbor High School. On Sept. 23, 1939, she married Wilfred Dunham of Swan’s Island, where they lived until 1942 when they moved to Southwest Harbor when her husband started work at Henry Hinckley’s boat shop; he remained there for 43 years. Celia’s working career consisted of being a housewife, mother and bookkeeper for Rich’s Greenhouse, Swan’s Island, house cleaning summer resident homes and cooks helper at the Claremont Hotel, Southwest Harbor. She spent her last 19 years working as a postal clerk at the Southwest Harbor post office, retiring in April of 1983. She was an excellent seamstress, sewing the family many clothes and other items needed by the family. For many years she made lobsters out of red felt stuffing the tails with balsam fir. Many of them were sold, some going as far away as Germany and Hawaii. She also was a great quilt maker and loved making dolls of all sizes, which she had a large collection of. Celia was a longtime member of the Southwest Harbor Congregational Church.
Celia is survived by her son Lawrence “Larry” Dunham and wife, Nancy, of North Monmouth and Zephyrhills, Fla.; two grandsons, Mark and wife, Wanda, of Greene and their three children: Kyle and wife, Michelle, of Auburn, Kristopher and wife Micheala, of Auburn and Joshua of Green; Darold and wife, Melissa, and their two children, Addam and Amanda of Northfield, N.H.; two great-great-grandchildren, Teo Dunham and Daniel Dunham of Auburn. Celia was predeceased by her husband of 62 years on Feb. 15, 2001, and by several close cousins and close longtime friends.
The family would like to thank Auburn Odd Fellows Nursing Home for the excellent care she received the last six-plus years, before that five and a half years at the Chapman House, Auburn, and one and a half years at the Meadows in Greene.
At Celia’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral. A spring committal service will be held at Mt. Height Cemetery, Southwest Harbor, for family and friends.
The family suggests that those who desire may make contributions in Celia’s memory to the Odd Fellows Nursing Home, 85 Caron Lane, Auburn, 04210.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.