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The Fortin Group

217 Turner Street, Auburn, ME

OBITUARY

Dorothy M. LeClair

November 13, 1933February 10, 2020

LEWISTON: Dorothy “Dot” LeClair, 86, died Monday morning, February 10, at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, after a sudden stroke. Dot was born in Lewiston on November 13, 1933, the first child of Margaret (Juul) and Albert Edwin Merrill. She grew up in the family home on 515 Court Street, on Merrill Hill, attending Auburn schools, and graduating from Edward Little High School in 1951. She played the clarinet in the school band. After high school, Dot went on to attend Farmington State Teachers College (now the University of Maine, Farmington), and graduated with a B.S. in Education in 1955. Dot attained a Master of Education degree from UMF in 1963, and a Master of Library Science degree from the UMO (now the University of Maine) in 1972. Dot taught school in Maine and RI, retiring from teaching to pursue her a career in library science, working as a librarian in Rhode Island in North Smithfield and Woonsocket, retiring from that profession, and then went on to work at a Stop & Shop grocery store for several years before finally retiring for real. She also volunteered her time at libraries and museums in Rhode Island and Maine, with the National Park Service, a theater, and after she returned home to Auburn in 2008, she joined the Auburn Community Band as a clarinetist. Dot married Louis Adrien “Gus” LeClair on November 6, 1976, in North Smithfield, RI, and they were married until his death in September 1990. Dot loved to travel and was an avid reader. She enjoyed painting in oils and later watercolors, and learning painting techniques at adult education opportunities and workshops. She participated in tai chi classes, and was teaching herself to knit, crochet, and quilt in her later years. She was a member of the Arnold’s Mills United Methodist Church in Cumberland RI, and joined the United Methodist Church of Auburn at 439 Park Avenue when she moved back to Auburn to be closer to Larry, Mavis & David, and niece Barbara in 2008. Dot especially enjoyed spending time with her niece, Barbara, talking about genealogy and life, and traveling. As a young teacher with summers off, she would travel with friends around the United States, to Canada, and to Europe, visiting Denmark where her maternal grandparents were born, and to Puerto Rico. She and Gus traveled to Montreal, Quebec, and the Gaspe Peninsula, and after Gus’ death, she went on an Alaskan cruise, something that she and Gus had always talked about doing, but which Gus’ prolonged bout of prostate cancer made an impossible dream. Gus was an angel in her life, and she always talked about how he insisted that she take the time to travel to Maine to attend her nephew Jeff’s wedding to Anne in August 1990, even though Gus himself was very sick and unable to attend with her. Gus died the next month. “Aunt Dorothy” traveled from RI to her nephew Albert’s wedding to Jane in 2003 in South Carolina; and with Barbara’s help, Dot also traveled from Maine to niece Emily’s wedding to Mark in 2011 in Massachusetts, and nephew Ernest’s wedding to Andrea in Georgia in 2013. For her 80th birthday, Dot traveled with niece Barbara to Minnesota to see family on the “Danish” side, exploring interesting places in Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota as they drove from Omaha NE to St. Paul MN. In 2016, Dot and Barbara went on a Caribbean cruise to the Panama Canal, a trip of a lifetime. Dot and Barbara went on a roadtrip to Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick for a few days in the summer of 2018, which was the last big trip that they took together. Dorothy is survived by her little sister, Mavis (and David) Pomeroy of Detroit, Maine; her niece, Barbara Jean Pomeroy, whom she loved and cherished like a daughter, also of Detroit, Maine; her nephew, Jeffrey (& Anne) Pomeroy of Epsom NH; her sister-in-law Carolyn Merrill of Loudonville NY; nephews and niece, Albert (& Jane) Merrill of Greenwood SC with daughters Leslie Juul & Rebecca, Ernest (& Andrea) Merrill of Atlanta GA with children Alice and Daniel, and Emily Merrill and her husband Mark Ottensmeyer of Watertown MA with twins Scott and Katie; niece Deborah (& Raymond) Carlson of Jacksonville FL with children Autumn (& Chris McCahill) and Jeremy (& Elisha) Carlson, also of Jacksonville FL, and Autumn’s four children, Jasmine Carlson, Aidan Clayton, and twins Dillon and Logan McCahill; and nephew Brian Merrill of Augusta ME. She is also survived by Gus’ family in Rhode Island and elsewhere; and several cousins out-of-state. In addition to her parents, stepmother Evelyn, and husband, Dorothy was predeceased by her two younger brothers, Albert Lawrence “Larry” Merrill and Leonard Juul Merrill, both in 2012; Larry’s wife and daughter, Muriel (Jones) and Donna Sue Merrill; and all of her aunts and uncles. Condolences and fond memories of Dot may be shared at www.thefortingroupauburn.com A Celebration of her life will be held at the Park Ave. United Methodist Church on Sunday February 16, 2020 at 2pm. Interment will take place at St. John’s Church Cemetery in Slatersville, Rhode Island at a later date. Those wishing, in lieu of flowers, may make a charitable contribution in Dot’s memory to either the Auburn Community Band at www.auburncommunityband.com or Park Ave. United Methodist Church 439 Park Ave. Auburn, ME 04210 or at www.auburnmethodist.org. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group \ Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn, 783-8545.

  • FAMILY

  • Dorothy is survived by her little sister, Mavis (and David) Pomeroy of Detroit, Maine; her niece, Barbara Jean Pomeroy, whom she loved and cherished like a daughter, also of Detroit, Maine; her nephew, Jeffrey (& Anne) Pomeroy of Epsom NH; her sister-in-law Carolyn Merrill of Loudonville NY; nephews and niece, Albert (& Jane) Merrill of Greenwood SC with daughters Leslie Juul & Rebecca, Ernest (& Andrea) Merrill of Atlanta GA with children Alice and Daniel, and Emily Merrill and her husband Mark Ottensmeyer of Watertown MA with twins Scott and Katie; niece Deborah (& Raymond) Carlson of Jacksonville FL with children Autumn (& Chris McCahill) and Jeremy (& Elisha) Carlson, also of Jacksonville FL, and Autumn’s four children, Jasmine Carlson, Aidan Clayton, and twins Dillon and Logan McCahill; and nephew Brian Merrill of Augusta ME. She is also survived by Gus’ family in Rhode Island and elsewhere; and several cousins out-of-state. In addition to her parents, stepmother Evelyn, and husband, Dorothy was predeceased by her two younger brothers, Albert Lawrence “Larry” Merrill and Leonard Juul Merrill, both in 2012; Larry’s wife and daughter, Muriel (Jones) and Donna Sue Merrill; and all of her aunts and uncles.
  • DONATIONS

  • Auburn Community Band at www.auburncommunityband.com or Park Ave. United Methodist Church 439 Park Ave. Auburn, ME 04210 or at www.auburnmethodist.org.

Services

  • A Celebration of Life Sunday, February 16, 2020

Memories

Dorothy M. LeClair

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Gail LeClair

February 15, 2020

To Dorothy’s family, we wish to send you our sincere sympathy on the death of your Sister and Aunt. Dottie made Gus very happy during their marriage and she took such loving care of him especially when the end came. Dottie was the only Memere Janet’s and our children ever knew. Wendy and Sara use to love to sleep over Pepere and Memere’s house mainly because they spoiled them letting them eat what they wanted and stay up later than usual. Because of health reasons we are not able to travel to Maine at this time but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest In Peace, Dorothy.

Kelly Higgins

February 11, 2020

Dot was a faithful member of our church. I enjoyed talking with her every once in a while after service. During the summer the topic was often music and her love of playing her clarinet in the Auburn Community Band. She will be missed at our church.
With sympathy, Kelly Higgins

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