Marylee B. Dodge – Knox County Village Soup

GORHAM – Marylee Burt Dodge, 91, passed away peacefully on June 16, 2022, along with her family, at her home in Gorham.

Born January 8, 1931, in Hartford, Connecticut, to Leo W. and Ottilie B. Burt, Marylee spent her youth in West Hartford, Connecticut. She attended Sedgewick School and Oxford School in West Hartford, graduating from Oxford School in 1948. She then attended Smith College where she received her undergraduate degree in history in 1952. After graduating from Smith, Marylee took a job as a systems service representative for IBM in Springfield, Mass. In Springfield, Marylee met Charles WH Dodge, her future husband of 62 years. They married in West Hartford in 1959. The two then bought an old farmhouse in Gorham, where they settled to raise a family. A lifelong gardener, Marylee has worked tirelessly to transform the landscape of their home into a rural oasis of flowers, shrubs and trees. They remained alive in this old farmhouse until their death.

In addition to gardening, Marylee was also particularly interested in historic preservation and environmental conservation. She was a dedicated volunteer and board member of many local non-profit organizations in southern and mid-coast Maine, where she helped lead many projects. She was also an active outdoorswoman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, and skiing with her family, and she was an avid collector of antiques and nature ephemera. Marylee could usually be found tending to her gardens in Gorham and Rockport, antiquing along the East Coast, or at home, working diligently on the telephone for one of her beloved causes.

Marylee was predeceased by her husband, Charles, and her half-brother, Charles Burt. She is survived by her four children, Charles WH Dodge Jr., Gail D. Dodge, Julia B. Dodge and Elizabeth D. Olson; two sons-in-law; and five grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Marylee’s memory may be made to the Maine Historical Society, Forest Society of Maine, Coastal Mountains Land Trust or Presumpscot Regional Land Trust.

Condolences can be shared with the family at Arrangements are made with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain Str., Camden.

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