Dorothy O. Kangas, 92: Seamstress never lost her Southern accent

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PORTLAND — Dorothy Oliver Kangas, 92, died Oct. 27 at the Barron Center in Portland, with her children by her side.

She was born Dec. 29, 1921, in Cadiz, Kentucky, the oldest of eight children of Helen and Nathan “Carter” Oliver.

In 1945, she married Raymond Conway, who was serving in the U.S. Army and stationed in Kentucky. He was originally from St. George, and the couple soon moved to Rockland. A year later, in 1946, they had twin boys, Raymond and Ralph, and then a daughter, Doris “Ann,” in 1952. Raymond died in 1964, and Dorothy remarried in 1966, to Wiljo “Bill” Kangas, also of St. George.

Conway worked at many jobs throughout her life, beginning with helping her parents raise seven younger siblings. She also worked in a shoe factory and a sardine factory, and as a seamstress making police uniforms at Camden Woolen Mill. She retired in 1986.

She kept beautiful flower and vegetable gardens, and her yard was always immaculate. Conway was also talented at sewing, knitting, crocheting and cooking. She made dozens of pairs of mittens, which she donated to a local school.

In 1998, Conway went to live with her daughter and son-in-law. Throughout her life, she was known for her generosity to others and her quick-witted charm. She never lost her Southern accent.

She was predeceased by her son, Raymond, in 1988.

Conway is survived by her brothers, Lee and Travis Oliver, and her sisters, Doris Hillyard and Lois Ann Beavers, all of Kentucky. She is also survived by her daughter, Doris “Ann” Hopkins of Standish, and son Ralph Conway of Bucksport. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews in Maine, Kentucky and Tennessee.

There will be no formal services.

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