Doramay Bragg, 89
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YARMOUTH -- Doramay Bragg passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, June 17. She was born in Stearns, Kentucky on June 30, 1924 and spent her early years in Winfield, Tennessee. Her mother, Frances (Douglas) Terry, returned to the family's home in Maine with 11 year old Doramay and her younger brother, Wilbert, a few years after the death of Doramay's father, Namon Terry. She attended Sherman High School where she met her future husband, Edward Bragg, when Doramay decided to share his seat on the first day of school. She later transferred to Mt. Desert Island High School, receiving her diploma in the spring of 1942. The couple married that year, just prior to her new husband's departure for war service.
They built and enjoyed a happy and meaningful life together until the death of her husband in 2005 after sixty-three years of marriage. She was a source of constant support and encouragement while Edward studied engineering. The level of her support and encouragement is at least partially represented by the addition of three sons to the family prior to her husband obtaining his degree, with a fourth son joining the family a few years later. She had a disciplinary style that was calm, steady, free of anger, full of patience and very effective.
Doramay's core values were unfailing dedication to her family and being kinder than necessary to everyone she met. She practiced these values with unflagging energy, grace and style, and with a spirit that took no notice of life's difficulties.
She had a 50-year career as a hairdresser and managed her own beauty parlor in Portland until her first retirement at age 75. She then staffed the beauty parlor at Brighton Medical Center until her second retirement at age 85.
Doramay is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Wilbert and Joan Terry of Southwest Harbor; her four sons and their spouses, Lee Bragg and Deborah Kennedy of Freeport, Terry and Gail Bragg of Cumberland Foreside, Dale and Nan Bragg of Cumberland, Randy and Jen Bragg of Nashua, N.H.; many adored grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she has endowed with her spirit, energy, empathy and humility; and her very close friend and co-conspirator of 53 years, Lucy Hodgdon.
The family wishes to acknowledge the outpouring of heartfelt condolences that have served to validate everything we have ever believed about our mother. Special thanks go to the staff at Ledgeview for the exceptional quality of their care, their loving attention and the personal relationships they developed with Doramay.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday July 9, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta.
Lindquist Funeral Home
Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on June 22, 2014