Dorothy A. (Hansen) Saunders

Born: Sun., Feb. 5, 1922
Died: Fri., Dec. 16, 2016

Family to do services at later date

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Blackstone, MA- Dorothy A. (Hansen) Saunders, 94, previously of Dayton, ME passed away on Fri. Dec. 16, 2016 at St Camillus Health Center.
     She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, William Z. Saunders in 1990.  She is survived by her 5 children, Lee M. Saunders and his wife Darlene of Jefferson, ME, James W. Saunders and his wife Theresa of Huntsville, AL, Brian A. Saunders and his wife Nicole A. of Blackstone with whom Dorothy lived for 4 years, Carolyn J. Campbell and her husband Michael of Mobile, AL, and Martin A. Saunders and his wife Cynthia of Walled Lake, MI; 10 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.  She was sister of the late Alfred Hansen and Gloria Dubois.  Born in Dayton, ME she was the daughter of Alfred and Mary (Fraser) Hansen and was a graduate of Thornton Academy, Class of 1940.
     Dorothy worked as a cook for an Assisted Living facility many years.  She also was a very talented writer, writing articles for the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, ME.  She worked with her sister Gloria, known as the “Hansen Sisters”, with the Ken McKenzie Band travelling throughout Maine and New Hampshire singing country music.
     Her true passion was for horses, beginning with her first horse at the age of 44.  She went trail riding with her husband and her grandson into her 60’s.  She was an amazing mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by all of her family.
     Her funeral services will be held at a later date.  To leave a condolence message for the family, please visit

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Wanda and Gary Sainio
   Posted Mon December 19, 2016
Lee, Jim, Brian, Carolyn, Martin and Families,
We are sorry to hear of your Mother's passing, it seems as if no matter how old we are it still seems sad when we lose our parents. Even though it has been some time since we grew up as neighbors I can remember back when your mother and mine used to visit each other to keep up on the neighborhood news. You have our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers in your loss, Wanda and Gary

Martha Johnston-Nash
   Posted Mon December 19, 2016
Am sharing this news with my siblings, and know they will be saddened as I by Dot's passing. She was a beautiful woman not only physically but also in her heart and in her talents. Memories of gatherings at your home listening to Dot sing bring warm thoughts.
Deep condolences from the Johnston family.

Susan Sainio Edwards
   Posted Wed December 21, 2016
I have not seen Dot in many years. The family lived near our farm in Washington, Maine. I will never forget her kindness, when I thought I had been left alone on the farm as a little girl, became frightened and ran to my aunt & uncle's (Helvi & Sulo's). She saw me and had one of her sons walk with me so I would not be alone. Dot and Bill often came over on Saturday night to have sauna with us. My best to all the family, keep her in your heart.

Butch Billing
   Posted Thu December 22, 2016
Lee, Jim , Brian and family. Sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. I remember all the great times we had growing up. My prayers are with you

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