C. Dolores Williams (1931 - 2018)

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C. Dolores Williams, 87
SOUTH PORTLAND - C. Dolores Williams, 87, known to most as "Nana", passed away July 8, 2018, at her home in South Portland, Maine, surrounded by her sons.
Dolores was born to Clara Devoe and Edwin Bruce on April 30, 1931, in Old Town, where she spent her early childhood with her family in her native Wabanaki community until her family relocated to Southern Maine. She was very close to her mother and stepfather, Owen Bowring, whom she loved as her father.
In Portland, Dolores attended grammar school and helped her family raise her brother and sisters as the eldest child. She didn't finish high school, but later would go on and proudly earn her GED. Dolores married her first husband early in life in 1951 but was divorced soon after. In 1952, she would meet and begin dating the love of her life, John Williams, while they were both employed at ET Burrows of Portland.
Dolores married John E. Williams on August 8, 1953, at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, and settled in Portland. They had three sons, John, Michael and James. Over the years, Dolores worked nights at Fairchild's Semi-Conductor, the US Postal Service, and Maine Central Railroad. While her husband John worked during the days, Dolores was a dedicated mother to her sons. Dolores held her family high above anything else and was fiercely protective of all her family members. She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and aunt. Dolores was highly respected throughout her life as a true friend and matriarch.
Dolores was very spirited and had many interests - like taking flying lessons! She enjoyed spending time and traveling with John, her children and grandchildren. Some of her favorite activities she enjoyed over the course of her life include square dancing, fishing, and roller skating. She was big into CB and Ham radio communications, in which she was licensed for. She also enjoyed motorcycling, and over the years owned several motorcycles and scooters. Dolores was a proud notary public.
In 2008, Dolores reconnected with her Maliseet roots and became an official member of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians as part of the Wabanaki Nation. With much research and effort, she left a legacy behind for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as many other family members, now who all are members of the Maliseet Tribe.
Dolores is predeceased by her parents, husband John E. Williams Sr.; brother Owen S. W. Bowring, Jr., sister Roberta C. Morin; and grandson Zackery J. Williams.
She is survived by her three sons, John E. Williams Jr., Michael O. Williams and his wife Zsuzsa Williams, and James T. Williams; grandchildren Sherri Williams, John E. Williams III and his wife Ashley Williams, Mike Williams and his wife Kate Foley, Christina Williams, and Alysia Williams; great-grandchildren Logan Williams, Tannor Castonguay, Alexus Williams, Joel Williams, Meadow Williams, Kaine Fournier and Zoë Williams; her sister Sheila Bowring Anthony; as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be held on Friday, July 13, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at
Hobbs Funeral Home
, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at St. Peter's Catholic Church on Federal Street in Portland at 10:00 am. Burial in Pine Grove Cemetery in Falmouth will follow the service at 11:30 a.m. There will be a reception at St. Peter's Hall following the burial.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on July 11, 2018
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