Dorothy M. "Dot" Merrill: 43

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PORTLAND — Dorothy M. “Dot” Merrill, 43, of Portland, died Jan. 24, surrounded by loved ones after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Born Nov. 25, 1969, in Portland to Irving A. and Barbara R. Merrill, she was a graduate Westbrook High School and worked at Peregrine Corp. of Portland for 18 years.

Merrill’s family remembers her for living each moment to the fullest. She loved music and particularly enjoyed going to live shows and outdoor concerts. She was also an avid sports fan, dedicated to the Red Sox and the Patriots.

Merrill loved to go camping and travelling with friends and family. Possessing a loud and infectious laugh, a beautiful smile and an incredible spirit, she loved family gatherings and is remembered as being among the first to start mischief. 

She is survived by her brothers, Louis Santamore Jr. of Saco, Maurice Santamore of Westbrook, Sidney Santamore and his wife, Patricia, of Westbrook, Kenneth Santamore and his wife, Cathy, of Cumberland, Ralph Santamore Sr. of Portland, Dennis Santamore and his wife, Nancy, of Cumberland, Gary Santamore and his wife, Belinda, of Biloxi, Miss., James Adams and his wife, Barbie, of Windham; her sister Shirley Daniels of Lewiston, dozens of nieces and nephews and many friends she considered family.

A memorial service was held Monday at A.T. Hutchins Funeral and Cremation Services in Portland. Interment will be at a later date at Brooklawn Memorial Park in Portland.