GROTON, Mass. -- Dorothy A. Wilkinson, 84, died on Dec. 19, 2012, at The Atrium Senior Living Center in Chelmsford, Mass., with her family at her side.
Dorothy was born on March 8, 1928, in Albany, N.Y., the daughter of David and Edith (Singleton) Midgley. She grew up in Albany and met her future husband, J. Norman Wilkinson, aboard a ship on which he was serving as a British Merchant Marine. They were married on Jan. 31, 1958, and were blessed to share nearly 54 years together. Dorothy earned her bachelor's degree from SUNY Albany and master's degrees from both Ithaca College and the University of Michigan
. She had a long career as a teacher at both the secondary and college levels, most recently at the University of Maine, where she was a long-time instructor of speech communication.
Dorothy and Norman moved to Wells in the 1990s, where both were very active in the community and the Wells Congregational church.
Dorothy loved all animals, especially her cats, Emma and Parthia; and walking along the beach with her beloved Norman. She was predeceased by her husband, Norman; and brother, David Alan Midgley. Survivors include her son, Norm Wilkinson and his wife Debbie of Groton, Mass., daughter, Dr. Susan Wilkinson and her husband James Schultz of Omaha, Neb.; two grandchildren, Brandon and Nicole Wilkinson; and step- grandson, Adam Schultz.
There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at the Congregational Church of Wells, 1695 Post Rd., U.S. Route One, Wells, with the Revs. Linda Hirst and Charles Whiston officiating.
Dorothy would be honored by
donations made in her memory to:
Association, Maine Chapter
383 U.S. Route One, Suite 2C
Scarborough, Maine 04074
or The Rotary Club
P.O. Box 2338
Ogunquit, Maine 03907