Virginia Lorraine (Whynott) Dow

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ALBION - Virginia Lorraine (Whynott) Dow, 96, longtime Albion resident, died on Dec. 30, 2018 at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta following a brief hospitalization. She was surrounded by her large extended family as she anticipated moving, in her words, "into the open arms of God."

Virginia was born on Oct. 1, 1922, in Portland. She settled in Albion where she attended Besse High School. She married Ervin S. Dow on Nov. 5, 1940, and they celebrated 67 years of marriage before she was widowed in 2008.

At various times Virginia held employment at the local school lunch program, and at the Albion Creamery. Virginia and Ervin established a home on the East Benton Road in Albion, where she was mother to four children. Her love and support enabled all of her children to continue their educations beyond Besse High, and she and Ervin were so proud to attend each of their college graduations. Her neighbors, during the 64 years that she lived on the East Benton Road, became cherished friends. Virginia made certain that everyone in her family had a "Grammie Dow Quilt", and these are treasured by all. She kept her fingers busy knitting and crocheting, and her biscuits and donuts were wonderful. She often sent visitors home with gifts of jams or pickles. Virginia loved her flower garden, and would often be found outside gardening. Her loving and giving nature touched everyone who knew her.

She and Ervin enjoyed traveling with family members and friends to many sites throughout Maine and the northeastern U.S., as well as to Nova Scotia, Florida, Alaska, and Arizona. Virginia had been deeply involved in her community through PTA, Albion Fire Department Auxiliary, as a member of the Albion Christian Church, Rebekah Lodge of IOOF, Grange, and as a life member of the Albion Historical Society. In her later years, Virginia lived at Meadow By The Brook apartments, in Albion, then she received superlative care in the home of her daughter, Pearle, and son-in-law, Jack Brake, in Clinton. Virginia came to need the excellent care and loving services of Woodlands Senior Living facility in Waterville. She also received compassionate care from the staff at Lakewood Continuing Care and at MaineGeneral Health.

Virginia is survived by her four children and their families: E. Scott and Sharon Dow, of Augusta and their family (Peter and Stacey Dow and Parker; and Sarah Dow-Shedlarski and Brian Shedlarski and Ava and Garrett), Leonard and Donna Dow, of Albion, and their family (Jody and Michael Watson and family, Rachel Watson and Elliot Heeschen and Katherine and Doug Medina; and Todd and Amanda Dow and family, Kayla and Brock Lawrence and their family, Cole and Cade; Curtis Dow and Lexie Austin and their family, Kamdyn, Owen, and Camilla; and Christopher Dow), Phillip and Janet Dow of Albion and their family (Phillip Jr and Rose Dow and their family, Phillip III, Marissa, Jacob and Brittany; Jason and Heidi Dow and their family, Gabrielle, Joshua, Kelly, and Hannah; Matthew and Amy Dow and their family, Matthew II, Delaney, Emma, and Rachel; Andrew and Mary Dow and their family, Faith, Charity, Grace, and Andrew II; Timothy and Nicole Dow and Timothy Jr.), Pearle and Jack Brake, of Clinton and their family (Tammy and Al Whittaker and their family, Hannah and Leah; Marie and Dean Hirayama and Justin; Timothy and Lisa Alberts and their family, Ashley and Skylar Lindsay, and Kristen).

A gathering of remembrance and celebration of Virginia's life will be held at the Besse Building on Main Street, in Albion, on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. Burial will be held at the family's convenience.

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral and Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

The family suggests that memorial donations be offered to Loaves and Fishes, Albion Food Pantry, 123 Benton Road, Albion, ME 04910 or to Albion Public Library, 18 Main St, Albion, ME 04910.

Published in Central Maine on Jan. 3, 2019
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