Luthera Burton Dawson, 1911 – 2011

2011-07-02 19:44

My mother passed last Monday June 27. We had celebrated her 100th birthday weeks before. I have just completed her obituary (PDF); it ran Sunday July 3 in the Portland (Maine) Press Herald and the Knox County Herald Gazette (a.k.a. Village Soup).

Here is the funeral home's tribute site, at which those who knew her can leave remembrances. Donations in lieu of flowers (to a local scholarship fund) can also be made here.

Maine Public Broadcasting ran a short note about her passing. It includes a link to an audio interview (4:19) the reporter conducted with my mother in 2004. At that time they ran a series of short video pieces called Luthera's Lingo, in which she talked about Maine language and expressions.

[ 2011-07-13 ] Here is the order of service (PDF) for the memorial on July 16 at the Thomaston Federated Church, 11:00 am. (It helps to imagine it folded in half.)

[ 2011-07-24 ] Here are the four eulogies delivered at the memorial by Rev. Anne Roundy, Alice Phalen, Roger Dawson, and me.