Dorothy J. Getchell

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Dorothy J. Getchell 1930 - 2018 FALMOUTH - Dorothy J. Getchell, 88, died peacefully on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, at Sedgewood Commons, following a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease.Dottie was born in South Portland, on Oct. 18, 1930, the daughter of the late Henry N. and Lillian G. (Barker) Gavett. She attended local schools in South Portland. On Aug. 1, 1949, she married Kenneth R. Getchell.Dottie spent many of her early years working as full time homemaker raising her five children. Once the children were grown she went to work for several years at Fairchild Semi-Conductor.Dottie was an avid golfer, who won many amateur women's golf tournaments. She would play any opportunity she could find. Together with her husband, Kenneth and several close friends, they would make an annual destination golfing trip. Dottie also enjoyed bowling, painting with oils, and playing cards. She was an excellent seamstress who made all of her own gowns for Marine Corp balls and made many prom gowns for her daughters, she was also credited for making an entire wardrobe for Barbie and Ken dolls. She was a member of the Red Hat Society. Dottie will be remembered by family and friends as sweet, caring, friendly, and always a proper lady.Dottie was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth R. Getchell in 1995; and a son, Keith R. Getchell. She is survived by three daughters, Kathy Dirckx of California, Kim and her husband, Tom Carmody of Windham, and Patricia and her husban,d James Leavitt of North Yarmouth, a son, Michael and his wife, Jacki Getchell of Kansas; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.A visiting hour celebrating Dottie's life will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, from 12-1 p.m. at the Conroy-Tully Walker South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. A service will follow at the chapel at 1 p.m., burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Stevens Avenue, Portland. To view Dot's memorial page or to share an online condolence, please visit www.ConroyTullyWalker.com Those who wish may make contributions in Dottie's memory to: , Maine Chapter 383 US Route One, Suite 2C Scarborough, Maine 04074

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Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Homes
1024 Broadway
South Portland, ME 04106
207-773-6511
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 28, 2018
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