Lowell - Rhoda Josepha Porter Fuller Dolley passed through Heaven's Door on Monday, February 27th, 2023 to be with her Lord and Savior. Rhoda was born August 3, 1928 in Lowell, Maine at her parents farm. She was born just before "The Great Depression" started. She lived when molasses and flour were rationed. Her Mother- Laura Porter made many biscuits & molasses doughnuts which is undoubtedly why Rhoda loved eating them both. Later on, Rhoda cooked them herself not only for family but for doughnut sales at The Tavern. She helped cook many Grange suppers and enjoyed cooking for many Porter reunions.
Rhoda lived most of her life in the Town of Lowell. She thought a lot of her Heritage and the quiet Country life. She was a self-taught pianist & singer who played for the Church. Rhoda taught Sunday School & Vacation Bible School. She loved going to Prayer Meetings taking the kids right along with her. She also loved Poetry. She wrote many poems having one published.
She is a Lee Academy Alumna. She went on to graduate from Eastern Academy of Beauty Culture and attended the University of Maine at Orono.
Rhoda worked as a Beautician having a small shop on Main St., Lincoln. She worked many years as a Homemaker for Community Health & Counseling, and also for Cummings Health Care as a LSW, retiring at the age of 70.
Rhoda was a member of the Ladies Aid Society in Lowell/Burlington; a Charter Member of Labelle-Perkins Post #1605, Ladies Auxiliary of Burlington being Chaplain; a Founding and Charter Member of Stewart M. Lord Memorial Historical Society & Museum of Burlington holding various Officer positions; Master & other Officer positions of the Escutarsis Grange in Lowell and belonged to the Molunkus Valley Chapter #95, OES in Sherman where she was a lifetime member.
Rhoda lost her first husband, Allan W. Fuller due to a tragic accident in 1955. She remarried in 1960 to Wallace H. Dolley. She met many obstacles in her lifetime but never gave in. Her Faith in God is what made her stronger.
She is survived by three children; Cheryl Fuller-Valcourt & Jacques of Howland, Laura Dolley-LeBreton & Mark of Bradley & Paul Dolley & Diane of Wilmington, NC; three grandchildren- Christopher Valcourt of Brooklyn, NY, Daniel Valcourt of Howland & Nicholas Dolley of Raleigh, NC. Step grandchild; Melissa Roberts & Zach of Wilmington, NC; Great grandchildren; Liam, Gabriella & Corbin Valcourt; step- great grandchildren- Sophie & Maddy Roberts; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Rhoda was predeceased by her parents - John & Laura Porter, husband- Allan Fuller, Sr; husband- Wallace Dolley; son- Allan Fuller, Jr.; & her three brothers & four sisters.
Funeral services will be held 1 PM Saturday, March 4 at the Lamson Funeral Home-Clay Chapel, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln, with Rev. Dale Chasse officiating. Spring interment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor. Messages of condolence may be expressed at Rhoda’s Book of Memories at www.lamsonfh.com.