With a fire glowing and snow falling outside the window of her cozy Rockport home, Dorothy (Dottie) Arseneau fell into a deep sleep Feb. 2, 2021, with her partner of many years, the love of her life Jon Brewer, near her side. Her long courageous battle with cancer was finally over.

Dorothy was born in Rockville, N.Y., Feb. 10, 1955. She was the beloved daughter of the late Joan and Louis A. Arseneau and the beloved sister of the late Richard Arseneau and John Arseneau.

Surviving siblings living outside of Maine are brothers James Arseneau, Edward Arseneau and his wife, Linda, and brother William Arseneau and his wife, Kathy; sister Jean Roalsvig and her husband Knut. Others from afar she considered family are Evy Brewer, Jim Brewer and his wife, Dorothy, and Jay Brewer.

She had several nieces and nephews.

Dorothy grew up in Huntington, N.Y. and graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta. In her adult life, she lived and worked as a freelance graphic designer in New York City, Stowe, Vt., Monterey, Mass., Copake, N.Y., and Fort Meyers, Fla., before she and Jon settled in Maine in 2010, where she dreamed of one day living.

Dottie loved spending time in her beautiful perennial garden and creating landscapes in oil pastels. She enjoyed listening to music, singing, dancing, making people laugh, kayaking, hiking, reading, cooking, traveling and treasured time spent with Jon and her “adopted Mid Coast Maine family,” Jean Brewer, Ann and Andy Jacobson, and Margaret and Jack Dautner.

She was a passionate talented artist, baked delicious perfect pies, showed sincere compassion, had a distinct style and could wrap a gift so elegantly that you would linger undoing her finesse.

Her curiosity, stimulated by her sense of wonder often challenged people to the core of their belief systems, and yet her kind caring heart, along with spirited wit would return amidst the heat of any deep conversations.

She followed political happenings daily for many years of her life and was thrilled to live to see the recent January Presidential Inauguration. She texted many dear to her from her window, “This is the happiest day of my life!” Attached to the message was a video of a fireworks display in her neighborhood.

This was Dottie, a bit of a firecracker herself at parties, always sharing her spark of joy with others and seeking more. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her and loved her. Her smile, thoughtfulness and sense of humor will linger on in many hearts.

Some of her departing words follow. “Please be happy when you think of me. Live life to the fullest.”