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Mary "Polly" Doremus

1915 - 2010
Mary "Polly" Doremus Obituary
DEER ISLE, Maine - Mary (Polly) Sharp Holley Doremus died at home comforted by her family on Friday Aug. 13, 2010 after a brief illness. Born in Hartford Connecticut Jan. 24, 1915. She lived with her husband William Swift Doremus in Harwinton, for most of her life.
She volunteered for many organizations for which she received multiple service awards including an accommodation from the President of the United States. Her primary passions included Trinity Church as Senior warden (first female warden in the history of that church), Co-Founder of Susan B. Anthony Shelter for Battered Women, Polly's Dream a thrift store created to raise funds to support Susan B. Anthony and to provide affordable clothes and house wares to the community. She was instrumental in procuring land and developing elderly/low income housing in Harwinton.
Polly moved to Deer Isle, Maine in 2006 and continued her community service with the church and garden club, She gardened, boated, entertained, traveled and was active in the community up until her death. Polly lived life to the fullest. Her home was always full of friends and family, never did she turn away an opportunity to contribute to a cause she felt important or share what she had with others. Polly was a kind woman, good friend, curious learner, dedicated mother and consummate lover of life. She will be missed.
She is predeceased by her husband Bill Doremus; survived by her brother Irving B. Holley Jr. of Durham N.C.; three daughters, Holley Atkins and her husband Joseph of Skowhegan, Maine, Dania Pettus and her husband David of Denver, Colo., Sarah Doremus and her partner Linda Campbell of Deer Isle; her eight grandchildren Mary, William, Katie, Gabriel, Gretchen, Ana, Patricia, and Elizabeth and six great grandchildren Cecil, Wyatt, Korina, William, Michael, and Hannah.
A Memorial service will be held at Trinity Church in Torrington sometime in May of 2011.
Published in Register Citizen from Oct. 13 to Oct. 14, 2010
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