SCARBOROUGH -- Dorothy Williams Hayward, 89, formerly of Augusta, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House with devoted family by her side. She was born in Old Town on Sept. 16, 1923, the daughter of Elmer Briry Williams and Margaret Owen Williams.
Dorothy attended Deering High School and graduated from Morse High School. She attended Chamberlain School of Retailing in Boston and earned a degree in dental hygiene from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. She worked as a dental hygiene teacher in the school system of White Plains, N.Y., and was most proud of the school program she established in Bath. She also served as president of the Maine Dental Hygienists Association.
She married Dr. Donald E. Hayward Jr. on June 18, 1949, in West Bath. They settled in Augusta and made Fairview Avenue their home from 1953 to 2001, where they were also devoted members of the South Parish Congregational Church. Dottie was a member and past president of the Howard Benevolent Society and a member of the Koussinoc Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a member and past president of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and the Kennebec Valley Garden Club. She was also a charter member of the Landscape Design Consultants Council of the Garden Club Federation of Maine. Dorothy organized the Augusta area Reach to Recovery Program for mastectomy patients in 1970. She continued as a volunteer for many years, providing information and encouragement to women before they left the hospital. On Oct. 1, 2008, she received the Lifetime Inspiration Award at the eighth annual "Cure Breast Cancer for ME" luncheon in Portland.
Dottie treasured her memories of childhood summers on the end of Foster's Point in West Bath, sailing along New Meadows River, and performing with her sister on their marimba. She also appreciated nature and loved gardening. Her enthusiasm was contagious as she fed chickadees and chipmunks from the palm of her hand. She found pleasure in splitting perennials for a friend or in arranging fresh cut flowers for a bouquet. Always a hostess and a lady, she looked forward to opening her home for meetings and social gatherings. Most of all, she loved spending summers with family and friends at her cottage on Cobbossee Lake.
She was predeceased by her husband, Don Hayward; a brother, Owen Williams; and a sister, Jeannette Hamilton. She is survived by two daughters, Susan Brennan and her husband, Leonard, of Portland, and Christina Bouchard and her husband, Mark, of Cumberland; and a son, William Hayward, of Sanford; and four grandchildren of whom she was so proud, Thomas Brennan, Kathleen Brennan, Elizabeth Bouchard and Gabrielle Bouchard.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 7, at South Parish Congregational Church, 9 Church St., in Augusta. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dorothy's memory may be made to South Parish Congregational Church.