Dorothy Rose Spofford

SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Dorothy Rose Spofford, 90, passed away Dec. 9, 2016, in West Palm Beach, Fla. She was born Oct. 30, 1926, to John and Josephine Sasso in Boston, Mass. Predeceased by her loving husband, Melvin Spofford, in 2002.

Dorothy had a zeal for life that was incredible and she lived life to the fullest, even in her senior years. She loved God and loved people; you can’t separate the two. Her parents were hard working Italian immigrants; she learned early the value of working hard and caring for family. Dottie, as everyone called her, was a very gifted person. She was first and foremost a wonderful mother and homemaker. Her cooking was wonderful and her lemon meringue pie was legendary. She and Melvin owned and operated the Sou’ Wester Restaurant in Southwest Harbor years ago. Many of the locals enjoyed her wonderful Italian cuisine, though she could cook anything. She was a gifted artist and it was a source of great joy for her, especially in her later years. She has produced a countless number of beautiful paintings from seascapes, portraits, still-lifes and Bible scenes. She was a voracious reader of all kinds of literature but especially of the spiritual nature. She loved God and was always wanting to go deeper in her knowledge of her savior, Jesus Christ. Dottie was a unique person, a bright spirit and would light up a room with her presence. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her brother Carl. She is survived by her sister Alice Gleason of West Palm Beach, Fla. Her eldest son Russell Spofford and wife Joyce of Lamoine, their children Katrina (sons Ezra and William) of Bernard, and Daniel and wife Melissa (daughter Sarina and her brother Andrew Bragg of Caribou and sons Christopher and Gabriel Cobb) of Lamoine. Her son John Spofford and wife, Kerri, of Hall Quarry, their children Brennan of Bass Harbor, George and wife Jaime (sons Harrison and Weston) of Bar Harbor, Nikki Dawes and husband Nick (children Lila Rose and Asher John) of Arundel and Jacqueline of Town Hill. Nieces Alice Watson of West Palm Beach, Fla., Linda Gleason (children Dell, John and Danielle Rinaldi) of Bass Harbor. Donna Gleason and family of Bucksport. Diane Parlatore, deceased, of Boston, Mass., (Nicholas Parlatore and family of Bass Harbor, Christine Nickelsen and family of Shapleigh, and Jennifer Thurston and family of Bangor). And nephew Joseph Gleason of West Palm Beach, Fla.

While going through paperwork we found this note that says it all: “Mom will be cremated. If you must bury something, let it be my faults, my weakness, and all my prejudice against my fellow man. Give my soul to God. If by chance you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you. If you do all I have asked I will live forever.”

A celebration of life will be planned in the spring where Pastor James Heard of The Church of Life and Praise in Ellsworth will be officiating.

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