Hazel I. Dunham, 83, of Frankfort, passed away at Brewer Rehab on Dec. 4, 2011 after a long series of health issues.

Hazel was born Jan. 2, 1928. She married Elmer Smith of Fryeburg in 1945, divorced, and then married Burleigh C. Dunham in 1959. Hazel worked at several jobs throughout her lifetime and was a hard worker. She worked at a corn shop in Fryeburg, worked several years at Penobscot Poultry in Belfast, cleaned hotels, worked in shoe shops and raised chickens on a chicken farm in Winterport.

Hazel was known for having a big heart and was willing to share whatever she had with others. She would open her home to people who had no place to live. The family rarely remembers when it was just family living in the home. If you stopped by to visit, you can bet that she would offer you coffee and something to eat. When she cooked a meal, she always cooked extra just in case someone would stop by.

In her younger days, you would see her outside digging dandelion greens — oh, how she loved them! She will be missed by many who benefited from her generosity. She was loved by many and not a bad word could be said about her.

She was predeceased by her father, Ernest Quimby of Brownfield; her mother, Gladys; her brothers, Gerald and Bobby; sister, Audrey; her two previous husbands, Elmer Smith and Burleigh Dunham; and son-in-law, Everett McIntire.

She is survived by her five children, Joyce Levine of Lewiston, Elmer E. Smith Jr. and his wife Cynthia of Bangor, Beverly McIntire of Frankfort, Burleigh L. Dunham of Knox, and Darlene Ellsworth and her husband Ed of Brooks; daughter-in-law, Romaine Spaulding; her sister, Catherine Eldridge and her husband Bill; special granddaughter, Meghan Hodgdon and her husband Roger of Brooks; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; a special friend, Doug, who lived with Hazel at her home in Brooks; along with many others.

Hazel was a wonderful woman who was deeply loved and will be sadly missed by many. Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. Online condolences may be offered to the family at: ripostafh.com.