Dorothea A. Dunton, 92: Enjoyed handiwork, family times

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WINDHAM – Dorothea Agnes Dunton, 92, died Jan. 21 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born in Portland, Aug. 29, 1923. After graduating in 1942 from Scarborough High School, she married William Burnell. While he was serving in the Army, Dunton traveled with him and worked in several defense plants in support of the war effort.

In 1945, she returned home and, shortly after the  birth of her daughter, the couple divorced. Not long after, she met and married Wayne Dunton. The Duntons lived in Portland and Westbrook, and enjoyed country music, woodworking, crafts, camping and spending time with family and friends. Their home was always busy with crafting, sewing, quilting and baking, and they happily welcomed all. In addition to working 28 years for SD Warren, Dunton started her own successful specialty cake business.

Dunton was predeceased by her husband of 48 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Cecilia Ann Sturgeon; two sons, Wayne Dunton Jr. and Laurence Dunton; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

A time of visitation is planned for 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Jones, Rich and Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Jan. 28 at the funeral home, followed by a reception. Interment will be at Brooklawn Memorial Park.