Idolyn H. Dunning, 87

O idolyn dunningWEST BALDWIN — Idolyn Hussey Dunning, 87, of West Baldwin, passed away at her home on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, after a long illness surrounded by her loving family.

Idolyn was born Idolyn Wanda Hussey in Kezar Falls on Feb. 17, 1926, the daughter of Leon and Amy Hussey. She grew up in Kezar Falls, attended local schools, graduating from Porter High School in 1945 and then attended Emerson College and Parsonsfield Seminary as a post-graduate. She subsequently studied at the University of Maine and Burdett College in Boston, graduating in 1949.

Roger and Idolyn were married on June 18, 1949 in Kezar Falls and enjoyed 49 years together living in South Portland, Standish, Conway, N.H. and Kezar Falls.

Idolyn worked at the Kezar Falls Woolen Mill, Clark’s Mills in Hollis Center, Standish Telephone Company and Hussey Veterinary Hospital in North Conway, N.H.

Idolyn enjoyed poetry throughout her life and could quote an amazing number of poems. Her hobbies included: playing cards, bowling, knitting, baking, berry picking and canning. She was an active member in the 21 Club, Keswick Club and the Portland Players. Idolyn passionately supported a number of charitable organizations including the Good Shepherd Food-Bank, March of Dimes and the Salvation Army. She annually knit 200-plus mittens for the Salvation Army. Idolyn supplied food to the firefighters during the Brownfield Fire. Idolyn and Roger enjoyed cooking at the Fryeburg Fair Livestock Office for years, supplying fair judges with three hearty and delicious meals a day.

Her travels during her lifetime included trips to Canada, the United Kingdom and Italy.

Above all else, Idolyn was a devoted mother and grandmother, who will be sadly missed. She was always there for us in good times and bad. Her unwavering courage and love of her family made everyone around her better. We were extremely blessed to have her as our mother and grandmother.

Idoyln was predeceased by her husband, Roger F. Dunning; her brother, Eugene Hussey; and her sisters, Lucile Pollock and Joyce Hussey.

Idolyn is survived by her three children, Roger Dunning Jr. of Cape Coral, Fla., Gail Kinney of Cumberland and Conrad Dunning of West Baldwin; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A graveside service was held at the Riverside Cemetery in Cornish on Sunday, Nov. 3. Online condolences may be expressed at:

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Idolyn’s memory to: Good Shepherd Food-Bank, P.O. Box 479, Lewiston, ME 04243.

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