Dolores Dodge

Dolores Elizabeth Dodge (Manship)

Sunday, July 20th, 1930 - Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
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MACHIAS – Dolores Elizabeth Manship Dodge, 88, of Machias, passed away on June 25, 2019, rejoining her beloved husband Philip R. Dodge on their 70th wedding anniversary. Dolores had been a resident at the Maine Veterans Home in Machias. Dolores was born on July 20, 1930 in Caribou, Maine. She was the daughter of Joseph C. “Joe” and Elanor “Ellen” (Noonan) Manship. Ellen passed away in July of 1935, just two days before Dolores’s fifth birthday. Thereafter Joe made the difficult decision to place Dolores with his brother Earl and sister-in-law Alice (Wilson) Manship, who became her adoptive parents. Earl was in the Border Patrol and the family was stationed variously in Vanceboro, Calais and Machias. Joe continued to live in Caribou, raising Dolores’s four full brothers. Dolores graduated from Machias High School in 1947. She attended the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Portland, Maine for one year before returning to Machias. She held a number of jobs including as a waitress. She once served Eleanor Roosevelt; Dolores remembered that Mrs. Roosevelt ordered a tuna fish sandwich and coffee. On June 25, 1949 Dolores and Phil married in Machias. They were devoted to each other until Phil’s death in 2018. Together they had three sons, David, Robert and John. Dolores was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and friend. Losing her birth mother at such an early age inspired a commitment to family that shaped her entire life. Her home was open to relatives and friends alike. Dolores offered unconditional support, a twinkling sense of humor and the comfort of a home cooked meal no matter the time of day or night that a visitor was believed—rightly or wrongly—to be hungry. Whether addressed as Dolores, Mom, Auntie Dodo or Grammie, she was there for all. Dolores was a founding member of the Down East Community Hospital Auxiliary and often volunteered at the hospital during the facility’s early years. She was active in Holy Name Parish and may still hold the record for most altar boy cassocks and surplices starched and ironed for her sons. She was a loyal hostess and competitor in the Machias pinochle club that was founded in the 1960s and continued play for more than 40 years. Dolores was active in supporting her sons’ education; she especially enjoyed enforcing the disciplinary measures meted out by their teachers. Dolores is survived by her sons, David, Robert (Carol) and John (Mary); her brother James Manship and wife Nancy, as well as her grandchildren Elizabeth, Heather (Roth), Emily, Adrienne (Horty) and Abigail; and great-grandchildren Connor and Eva Dodge, Parker and Grayson Roth, and Desmond and Arden Horty. In addition to her parents and husband, Dolores was predeceased by her full brothers Donald, Philip, Kenneth and James, and her adoptive brothers Earl, Jr., Joseph and Paul. Dolores’s family would like to express our appreciation to the extraordinarily compassionate staffs at the Veterans Home and Community Health and Counseling Services. In addition, we thank the amazing team at Marshall Health Care for their care of Dolores during her time there with Phil.
We invite you to a celebration of Dolores’s life at a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Name Church in Machias on August 10, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Friends of all faiths are invited to join our family in our farewell to Dolores. Condolences and memories may be shared at
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    Saturday, August 10th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Saturday, August 10th, 2019 10:30am
    Holy Name Catholic Church
    Free Street
    MACHIAS, ME 04654
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Lorrie Mascavage

Posted at 06:12pm
Although I never got to know Delores and Phil until my own dad's passing in 2013, between my parents and my brother Tom, I felt them as family. When we moved up here to my dad's house in 2014, we made it a habit to check in and visit with them at least once a week. We were always welcome no matter what day or time. They would share stories of things they did with my parents and some of the "excursions " that they shared with them. We always left with a smile on our face. You will truly be missed and please know, you will be in our hearts and thoughts each and every day. RIP💕
Lorrie Field Mascavage

Thomas Field

Posted at 01:07am
It wasn't long after I bought the cottage at Perkins Point on Bog Lake that a raven haired gentleman came calling in his canoe from across the cove. He brought a welcome and some old photos of the cottage I now occupied. I felt like I'd come home. When my folks moved to Northfield, Phil and "Dodo" became their pals, and thus they became a regular part of my own life as well. No trip to Bog Lake was ever complete without my coffee visits with Phil and Dolores. They both made me feel like I was family, and the visits continued with every trip East, even when the lights went dark across the cove. Losing Phil was a blow, but it will be harder still not being able to knock on Dolores' door at the Vet's Home and walk into that radiant smile...Goodbye will be so missed..Say "hey" to Phil, and if the two of you can find your way to shine a little light on our shared cove, I'll promise to share a coffee with the two of you for as long as you'll have me...With love in my heart...Tom

Susan Lovejoy

Posted at 09:09pm
She was a wonderful lady. She will be greatly missed, but listening to all the wonderful stories she told me, she is with the love of her life. I will never forget how much fun me and her had the day we took a trip to Bangor. She talked about the van having no shocks for weeks. Me, her, and Phil enjoyed lobster rolls at a little take out on route 9. She will be greatly missed, but I was honored to meet her. Susan Lovejoy Marshalls

Jewel Miller Posted at 10:51am

Delores was among one of the first people i met when I arrived in Machias in 1963. We enjoyed many pinocle games and good times together.

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