Priscilla Woodward Dugan


Priscilla Woodward Dugan, 92, formerly of Fayette, died peacefully on Feb. 14, 2021, at Seabury Retirement Community in Bloomfield, Conn. Born Nov. 22, 1928, in Rumford, she was the daughter of Dorr H. Woodward and Rowena (Pollard) Woodward and the wife of the late Michael H. Dugan.

Following graduation from Stephens High School in Rumford, she attended Nasson College in Springvale, where she received a medical secretarial diploma in 1948. She worked as a medical secretary at the Veterans Administration Center in Togus after graduating from Nasson.

After doing her student teaching at Skowhegan High School, she received a BS degree in business education from Husson College in Bangor in 1956. After graduation from Husson she taught business education at Eliot High School in Maine. As her family responsibilities evolved, Priscilla shifted to work in the home but remained involved in her community by participating in volunteer activities including church, hospital and nursing home volunteer work and various school programs. She also enjoyed substitute teaching. During the early 1960s, Priscilla volunteered at St. Luke’s Church in Bridgeport, Conn., tutoring inner city youth in typing and secretarial skills for career advancement.

Priscilla was predeceased by her parents, her brothers Deane M. Woodward and Hildreth B. Woodward, sister Helene W. Kimball, her first husband William W. Ingraham and the Rev. Michael H. Dugan, her husband for over 40 years.

She invested herself in many arts and crafts, including knitting, sewing, needlepoint, hooking rugs, brass rubbing, painting and gourmet cooking. She and Mike worked together in their gardens with flowers and vegetables, and she spent many hours canning and freezing vegetables and making pickles and jams. Priscilla’s greatest joy was creating and sharing experiences with her family, especially at the family vacation home on Lovejoy Pond in Fayette, where she and Mike eventually retired.

She is survived by her three children: The Rev. Jeffrey S. Dugan and his wife, Elizabeth, of Bloomfield, Conn.; Barbara Helene Dugan and her husband, Dr. Steven C. Henricks, of Stratham, N.H., and Peter M. Dugan of Greenland, N.H. She has five grandchildren: Matthew Scott Dugan, Martha Claire Witinok, Christopher Sands Dugan, William Stewart Dugan and Emma Rachel Henricks. She has five great-grandchildren: Declan, Kayla, Liam, Aria and Callan.

Priscilla’s family would like to express their profound gratitude to Seabury Retirement Community in Bloomfield, Conn., for the excellent care she received throughout the eight years she was there.

There are no calling hours. A private graveside service will occur at the family cemetery in Dresden in the summer of 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 249, Wilton, ME 04938; The Pine Tree Society, 149 Front St., Bath, ME 04530; or the Seabury Charitable Foundation, 200 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield, CT 06002. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes Inc.,

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