Dorothy M. Wentworth

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SCARBOROUGH - Dorothy M. Wentworth, of Harpswell, passed away the evening of Sunday Jan. 27, 2019, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House with family at her side. The eldest child of Virginia Connolly Wentworth and Stephen K. Wentworth Sr., she was born on May 18, 1949 in Portland. A 1967 graduate of Gorham High School, she attended Bates College, the University of Southern Maine, and graduated with a B.A. in political science from Hunter College, City University of New York. She later received an MBA with a concentration in international finance from Fordham University and a JD from the University of Maine School of Law. While in law school, she also attained a certified financial planner license, which she held from 1994 to 2014.

Dorothy began her career at the Bank of New York as a trust officer and, after receiving an MBA, she became a treasury analyst at the Perkin Elmer Corporation in Norwalk, Conn. She returned to Maine in 1979 to take a position as a financial analyst with Hannaford Bros. Co. in Scarborough. She joined Maine National Bank's trust department in 1981, later joining Gorham Savings Bank's new trust department in 1990. After graduating from law school in 1994, Dorothy joined the trust and investment group at People's Heritage Bank (now TD Bank), retiring in 2003, as legal and compliance director.

Throughout her career and later, Dorothy served on a number of nonprofit and professional boards of directors, including the Maine Estate Planning Council, the Maine Planned Giving Council, the Simmons Foundation, the Gulf of Maine Aquarium, Regional Transportation Program, Hitinowa Council of Campfire, the Portland YWCA, Crossroads For Women, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Arthritis Foundation (Northern New England Chapter), Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, Falmouth Library, Maine Irish Heritage Center, Art-Van, Midcoast Humane (as well as serving as its pro bono interim executive director in 2017) and the Steering Committee of Harpswell Aging at Home.

Shortly after returning to Maine in 1979, Dorothy met Robert J. Gaudreau; they married in 1981, and their daughter was born in 1983.

Dorothy is survived by her beloved family: her husband of 37 years, of Harpswell; her daughter, Deirdre G. Wadsworth and son-in-law, Ryan G. Wadsworth, her precious granddaughters, Adeline Claire and Eloise Nellie Wadsworth, all of Falmouth. Also surviving her are her sister, Kathleen Wentworth, of Topsham, her brother, Stephen Wentworth and sister-in-law, Wanda Theriault of Caribou, her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Paul Gaudreau and Sue Fairer of Union, her brother-in-law and sister-in law, Peter and Leslie Gaudreau of Zionsville, Ind., her sister-in-law, Carmen Gaudreau of Colorado Springs Colo., her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Denise Gaudreau and Jim Goodwin, of Essex Junction, Vt. In addition she is survived by her aunts, Dorothy Scala, Betty Audette, Beverly Nappi and Mary Lane; along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Although Dorothy was passionate about many things, including the arts, travel, great cuisine/cooking, her succession of Springer Spaniels, and reading, everything else paled in comparison with becoming a grandmother, which she considered the best "job" she ever had. Her happiest times in the past few years were spent with granddaughters Adeline and Eloise, amazing little girls who will become even more amazing, thanks to their parents' careful nurturing.

As Dorothy desired, no service is planned at this time.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, Maine, 04103. 775-3763.

Charitable donations can be made in

Dorothy's memory to

ArtVan

14 Maine St.

Brunswick, ME, 04011,

MidCoast Humane

190 Pleasant St.

Brunswick, ME 04556,

and

Harpswell Aging At Home

P.O. Box 25,

Harpswell, ME 04079

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Feb. 3, 2019
Arrangements under the direction of:
Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home
199 Woodford Street | Portland, ME 04103 | (207) 775-3763
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