FREEPORT — Dorothy “Dot” Livinia LaPierre, 93, of Freeport died Nov. 16 at Maine Medical Center.
She was born Jan. 22, 1918 in Phippsburg, the daughter of Charles H. and Jane Koehling. She grew up attending Phippsburg and Bath Schools. In her youth she earned money by harvesting sea moss in Sebasco.
She married Harold Kenneth LaPierre in Portsmouth, N.H. in 1935. She and her husband lived in Portland and in 1948 they moved to Freeport, continuing to enjoy summers in Sebasco with family.
She worked as a shoe stitcher for Davis, Eastland, and Freeport Shoe, finally retiring from L.L.Bean in the early 1980s. She was a spiritual woman who was an active and devoted church member. She and her husband were instrumental in forming The Church of the Nazarene in both Freeport and Brunswick. She served as the Sunday School Superintendent and was once selected as the state Sunday School Superintendent of the Year.
She enjoyed gardening and canning and her creativity shined in her handicrafts and music. She loved knitting, sewing and quilting items, which were usually donated. She taught herself to play the piano and organ, occasionally playing at church. She was also a longtime, enthusiastic member of the church choir. Handy with tools, she successfully did many projects around the house, once even relocating the kitchen to another room.
Fishing at Lake Moxie was another one of her favorite things. Her greatest joy, however, was spending time surrounded by her children and their families; her affection and appreciation was always known when in her presence.
She was predeceased by brothers Bernard, James, and Linwood Koehling; sisters Edna Raymond, Minnie Koehling, Geneva Seigars, and Eva Wallace; and son-in-law David Hagar.
She is survived by sons Harold and his wife Virginia of Epping, N.H., Phillip and his wife Donna of Durham, David and his wife Diana of Zephyrhills, Fla.; daughters Patricia Hoeffner and her husband Ed of Edgarton, Mo., Margaret (Peggy) Sallee and her husband Max of Broomfield, Colo., Beverly Hagar of Pownal; 19 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their warmest thanks to the staff of Sedgewood Commons in Falmouth, for their kindness, concern, and care.
Visiting hours will be Dec. 2 from 6-8 p.m. at Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick. The Committal service will be Sat., Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at Burr Cemetery, Durham Road, Freeport. The memorial service will be at 12 p.m. at the Brunswick Church of the Nazarene, 94 McKeen St., with reception to follow.