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Dorothy B. Clark
December 09, 2011
Wells


Dorothy B. Clark, 91, of Wells died Friday December 9, in Biddeford after a brief illness. She was born in Wells on February 28, 1920, the first child of the late Roger S. and Elva (Gray) Bragdon. She grew up on the family farm and attended Wells schools, graduating in 1939, and taught in the Wells schools until February of 1943, when she enlisted in the Women�s Army Corp. Following basic training at Ft. Oglethorpe, GA. and Army Administration School in East Texas State Teachers� College, she was assigned to the Army Air Corp and stationed in Carlsbad, NM as a Classification Specialist. When the war ended, she was assigned to Randolph Air Base in San Antonio, as a counselor in the Separation Center. She received her discharge in November 1946 and took advantage of the GI Bill to complete a secretarial course at Bryant and Stratton in Boston, and then lived and worked as a secretary there.
In 1950 she married Henry W. Clark. In 1951, his Air Force Reserve unit was called to active duty, and they moved to Roswell, NM. When the period of recall ended, he elected to remain in the Air Force, and in 1953 they were transferred to what was then French Morocco, and spent a very interesting two year tour in Rabat. In the following years they were stationed in Arizona, Southern California, and finally Virginia, were they both worked at the Pentagon. While stationed in California, they learned to square dance, and this became their most engrossing recreation. After Henry�s death in 1970, Dot continued to be active in the square dance community, working with classes for new dancers, and with the DC area square dance association. During their years with the Air Force she had worked in Civil Service in various secretarial and administrative jobs, and in 1976 a reorganization of the Air Force agency with which she was then working gave her the choice of retirement, or a job with another agency. She chose retirement.
Her mother died the following year, and she returned to Maine to live with her brother, Wallace on the farm. She took golf lesson, joined a bowling league, planted a large vegetable garden and flower beds, and mastered canning, pickling freezing required by the huge garden. Although she claimed she was too old when she learned golf to ever be good at it, she thoroughly enjoyed it and entered with enthusiasm all the activities connected with membership at the Sanford Country Club. A broken hip at age 84 put an end to golf, but she retained an interest in the game. She loved reading, crossword and acoustic poems, and knitting and sewing as long as her fingers were sufficiently dexterous.
She is predeceased by a sister, Marjorie Keyes, and two brothers Wallace Bragdon and Robert G. Bragdon Sr. She is survived by her sister Priscilla Goodwin and her husband Roger, nieces and nephews Nancy Olko, Thomas Keyes, Timothy Keyes, Daniel Keyes, Martha Connolly Linda Litchfield, Rebecca Wright, Robert Bragdon, and Charles Bragdon, 14 grand nieces and nephews and five great grand nieces and nephews.
In honoring her request, there will be no funeral or visiting hours. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of the Johnson Funeral Home 26 Market St., North Berwick.

 

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