Marlene R. Dunton, 77

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Marlene R. Dunton

CASCO — Marlene Ruth Dunton, 77, of North Fort Myers, Fla. and Casco, died on Dec. 31, 2013, at the Carol Trace Healthcare in Cape Coral, Fla.

She was born in Portland on Oct. 27, 1936, the daughter of the late Leslie and Vera (Holt) Mills. Mum grew up in South Portland and graduated from South Portland High School.

Mum and Dad were married on a fairly warm Saturday, Jan. 17, 1959, and moved to Windham shortly after. Mum brought up four kids through the Windham school systems. She was a former president of Windham’s PTA, worked for a dentist (Dr. Boutileir), then finished her working career by doing bookkeeping for Pinelyne Furniture for about 15 years.

Mum was a consummate organizer, constantly filing her calendar with daily, weekly, monthly, and even yearly events to keep Dad and herself organized.

Mum and Dad bought a camp on Parlin Pond, 13 miles this side of Jackman in 1972. She cooked, cleaned, swam, canoed, snowmobiled, cross-country skied, did laundry by hand and thoroughly enjoyed the lake for 29 years. Upon retirement in 1994, Mum and Dad drove across country to Alaska for three months coming back to retire in their newly-built house on Windham Hill. They’ve spent their winter months in North Fort Myers, Fla., at Lake Fairways Community. In the summer months, they lived at Point Sebago for about 15 years now.

Some of Mum’s recent hobbies have included golfing, reading and of course her favorite, stained glass. Mum had a knee replacement in November 2012. The procedure appeared to be successful until an infection set in about a year later. She battled the infection and extreme pain as best she could. The infection became too much and my Mom passed in her sleep early New Year’s Eve morning. She’ll be greatly missed by friends and family alike.

Marlene’s survivors include husband, Kenneth Dunton Jr. of North Fort Myers, Fla. and Casco; daughters, Linda Gene Saunders of New Haven, Conn. and Julia Marie Dunton of Orlando, Fla.; sons, Mark Dunton of Gray and Dean Dunton of Casco; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Burial services will be in the Arlington Cemetery, Windham in the spring of this year. For online condolences, please visit Local arrangements by the Dolby Funeral Chapel, Windham.

Donations may be made in Marlene’s name to: Camp Sunshine, 35 Acadia Rd., Casco, ME 04015.

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