Dorothy Louise (Wade) Fowler, 99, died July 17, 2011, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center after a long and fulfilling life.

Born in Methuen, Mass., on April 3, 1912, she was the eldest daughter of Grace E. Bettinson and Austin P. Wade. She attended Andover School and was a graduate of Chandler Secretarial School in Boston.

Dorothy spent every summer of her life at Ducktrap in Lincolnville. She traveled to her summer home by steamship, later by Model T, some years by train, and of course more recently by car to the 200-year-old Wade property on Penobscot Bay.

In 1932, she began her career with Boston Suffolk Bank where she worked for 12 years. On June 28, 1941, she married Walter Myers Fowler. She stayed at home to raise three children, and worked with her husband as office assistant and bookkeeper in the real estate and insurance business The Walter M. Fowler Real Estate and Insurance of Reading, Mass. After her husband’s death, Dorothy continued working with her son Alan in his insurance business.

The Fowler family lived all of their married life in Reading, Mass., at 38 Fairmount Road, the first model home in a real estate development built by her husband, Walter. Dorothy was a volunteer candy striper at the Winchester Hospital for many years, a volunteer treasurer for eight years for the local chapter of the Red Cross, a member of the Lioness Club and women’s Masonic organizations including Eastern Star, and became president of the local chapter of the Beauseant.

Dorothy and Walter traveled to Cuba, Canary Islands, Russia, the Great Wall of China, New Zealand, Switzerland, Hawaii and around the world. After the death of her husband, Walter, in 1972, she continued to travel with her good friend Bernard “Barney” Creaser, and enjoyed over 20 years of friendship — riding camels in Egypt, parasailing in tropical waters and “breathtaking” views of Alaska; she was an avid traveler.

She was, as many would say, “a fearless high speed driver,” often surprising her passengers at how quickly they arrived at their destination. At 96 she finally gave up her car, but always missed the freedom she had enjoyed.

Dorothy was very loving with her children and was affectionately known by her grandchildren as Mimi. She most recently enjoyed the company of her great-grandchildren and wanted to stick around, to “see what’s cookin’.” She was strong and independent to the end.

Dorothy is survived by her sister, Constance Virginia Gregg, 97, of Sarasota, Fla.; her son, Alan K. Fowler and wife, Catherine, of North Reading, Mass.; her daughter, Susan Shinn of Canaan, N.H.; Shirley Remsen and husband, Richard, of Rockport; granddaughters, Regan and Camryn Fowler of Plymouth, Mass.; her grandson, David Shinnlinger and wife, Deborah; great-granddaughters, Ella and Opal of Canaan, N.H.; grandson, Andrew Shinn of Cambridge, Mass.; grandson, Justin Ford and wife, Tiffany; great-grandson, Austin and great-granddaughter, Ainsley of Rockport; grandson, Benjamin Ford and wife, Amanda; great-granddaughter, Charlotte of Searsmont; grandson, Isaac Remsen of Rockport and Boston, Mass.; niece, Judith Wolff of Sarasota, Fla.; nephew, Steven Gregg of LaMasa, Calif.; and many great- and great-great-nephews and nieces.

In 2006, Dorothy moved to Quarry Hill in Camden, where she became friends with many residents and staff. Everyone enjoyed her great attitude, quick wit and happy smile.

A graveside service will be held Monday, July 25 at 4:30 p.m. at the Maplewood Cemetery in Lincolnville with the Rev. Dr. Susan Stonestreet officiating. A reception for family and friends will be held following the service at the Ducktrap Retreat, 23 Whitney Road in Lincolnville.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lincolnville Historical Society, P.O. Box 204, Lincolnville, ME 04849.

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Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St. in Camden.