Dolores Nan Basher

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Winter Harbor

Dolores Nan Basher (Bickford), 74, went to be with her Lord and Savior on September 12, 2018 surrounded by family and friends.  She was born in Winter Harbor, ME on October 30, 1943 the daughter of the late Reynold and May Bickford (Wakefield) of Winter Harbor, ME.  In her earlier years, she was an avid bowler and for the past several years volunteered for meals on wheels.  Dolores was a loving wife, mother and sister.

Her beloved husband USN Retired Chief Petty Officer Don Basher predeceased her on January 19, 2011.  She is survived by her children Dawn Rogers of State College, PA and her husband Scott; Deborah Forster of Taneytown, MD and her husband Benjamin; Dale Basher of Ellsworth and his wife Jennifer; Dean Basher of Ellsworth and his wife Stephanie; grandchildren: Johnathan Forster, Tyler Forster, Jessica Rogers, Caleb Rogers; great grandchildren: Jordyn Marie and Austin James.  Her brothers Ralph Bickford, R. Vernon Bickford, William Bickford and sister Barbara Bickford predeceased her.  Her brother Ray Bickford and sisters June Rolfe, Betty Williams, Linda Whitney and husband Daroll, a special nephew Chandler Williams, as well as several other nieces, nephews, and cousins survived her.

A special thank you to the members of the EGC Church in Sullivan where Dolores attended for many years.  A very special thank you to her best friends and sisters Betty Williams and Linda Whitney as well as her husband Daroll for weathering the storm during her trying illness.  We would also like to thank the medical staffs of MMC, Seaport Village, Eastside Rehabilitation, EMMC, and a special thanks to the EMMC neurology specialists.

We would like to invite all her friends and family to attend Dolores’s celebration of life at the Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, 215 Main St. Ellsworth ME 04605 at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday the 19th of September.  The graveside service will immediately follow at the Brookside Cemetery in Winter Harbor with a reception to follow at Wickford, 336 Grindstone Avenue in Winter Harbor.


Celebration of Life, 11 am, Wednesday, September 19, 2018, Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, 215 Main St., Ellsworth, Maine


6 Responses to Dolores Nan Basher

  1. Rev. Clifford M Norton Jr says:

    There are times when words are highly inadequate to express the emotions of the heart. And this is one of those times. Betty, Linda, and Dolores are special friends to our family and have remained in our hearts since the years we lived in Winter Harbor. My wife and I have both said repeatedly that the best years of our life were the years we lived in Winter Harbor, and Dolores is one of the main reasons for that. She was one of our first friends there. The memories we have actually revolve around our regular visits to May Bickford’s kitchen for tea. We are thankful for having Dolores in our lives and wish we could have visited more often over the past couple years. She is and will be missed, but, we will see her again.

  2. Tanya Schaller says:

    Dawn, Debbie, Dale and Dean (and everyone in your families),
    I am so sorry for your loss. I’m sure no words can help the hurt you feel at the loss of your mom but I hope you find comfort in the precious memories you will always have of her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. My deepest sympathy to the entire family.
    Take care,
    Tanya (Chittenden) Schaller

  3. Tanya Schaller says:

    Dawn, Debbie, Dale and Dean (and everyone in your families),
    I am so sorry for your great loss. I know there are no words to ease the hurt from the loss of your mom but I hope you find comfort in the precious memories you will always have of her. My deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with your entire family at this difficult time.
    Take care of yourselves,
    Tanya (Chittenden) Schaller

  4. Dean Andrew Basher says:

    Thank you Clifford, she loved the nights in grams kitchen.

  5. Deborah Forster says:

    Words cannot express the way one feels about the loss of their Mother. The emptiness that left. A hovering darkness as a piece of you a missing, grayness as we mourn our loss. Although, we know you are not truly missing for you are in Heaven.
    Mothers have special bonds with their children, different relationships with each child. One just as special as the next. Moms make everything better. They know you in the womb, a gift God has blessed them with. They know you til the end. Moms are always there, day and night. Rather you live in the same house or 1000’s of miles away. Their their. Mind and spirit. They calmed our fears and wiped your tears. Their laugh makes us know all is right. You did all of these things and so much more, Mom.
    You laughed with us and sometimes at us but you were there supporting all of us. I know when we hurt you hurt too; because your heart is ours. You gave us your heartbeat.
    Children are as much a part of their Mothers as they are of us. We know who our mothers are because of the gift they received. We know the tones of their voice. We learn “the looks” and exactly what each of the facial expression means rather it be a slight shift of the chin, crinkle of their nose or brow; no words need to be Said. The touch of their hand, a simple hug sets the world straight again. Yes Mom I knew, I saw.
    My Mom taught me everything I know about life. She learned it from her mom and she taught me well. She told me just days before she past away “we are too much a like”. To which I replied, “I learned from the best.” And, I did. Mom I know your resting at ease now, no pain, no sorrow. No suffering. Your with God, Jesus and all who taught us along the way. When I asked who do I talk to now when I need your help? You looked up towards Heaven. I know, your right. Teaching me, reminding me, even when your ill, your always teaching me. I listened, Mom, I heard your words. You shall be missed by many. “You shall be missed by me.”
    You were taken too soon, too fast, I still need my Mom. But I know God needed you too. Who am I to hold you back? Fly Mom, be free, free of pain, for now you have life never ending.
    Your soul is free. You earned your wings not just today but for all you did so unselfishly for all of us. Yes, God chose you to be a Mother. One of the hardest jobs there will ever be and you did it effortlessly. You made it look easy even though I’m sure we gave you those gray hairs and wrinkles. Well, the others did, not so much me.. hahaha someone has to make you laugh. As you say might as well laugh, talk and enjoy life as much as we can.
    Please don’t stay too far away. Know we will all be ok.
    To the moon and back, over the star, and thru the Milky Way. I love, Mom.

  6. Deborah Forster says:

    Than you very much Pastor Norton

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