Frances Dunbar

Jul 03, 2012

NORTHPORT — Frances L. Dunbar, 70, wife of Wellington Dunbar, died unexpectedly June 30, 2012, at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, following a brief illness.

Born in Rockland on Dec. 3, 1941, she was the daughter of Edward and Helen Doherty Turnbull. Educated in local schools, she was a 1960 graduate of Rockland High School.

During her youth Frances worked at her father’s grocery store, Eddies Self Service, in Rockland. She later worked several years at the former Truitt Brothers Shoe Factory in Belfast. More recently she worked as a chambermaid at Belfast and Northport area motels.

An accomplished crafter, Frances enjoyed painting and knitting. Other favorite pastimes were putting puzzles together, playing board games and cards. Over the years, she kept and loved many pets.

Other than her parents, Frances was predeceased by two brothers, William Robertson and Bradford Turnbull, and a sister, Dorothy Harvey.

She is survived by one brother, Walter Robertson of Thomaston; a sister-in-law, Millie Turnbull of Camden; four nephews, Walter Harvey, Alan Harvey and his wife, Wanda, all of Rockland, John Robertson of Berkeley, Calif., and Steve Turnbull of Rockland; three nieces, Kathy Blood of Thomaston, Ruth Scot of Camden and Cheryl Robson; two first cousins, Sylvia Winchenbach of Waldoboro and Helen Plourd and her husband, Armand, of Rockland; as well as several great-nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 6 at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. Relatives and friends are invited to visit from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to Friday’s service. Interment will follow at Coughlin Memorial Cemetery, Rankin Street, Rockland.

While flowers are welcome, those who wish may make memorial contributions to Belfast–Waldo County Humane Society, P.O. Box 479, Belfast, ME 04915.

To share a memory or story with Frances’ family, please visit her online Book of Memories at

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