Dolores E. Drinkwater, 72, died Dec. 31, 2009, at her residence surrounded by her loving family, after a period of failing health.

Dolores was born Nov. 6, 1937, in Lewiston, a daughter of the late Leslie and Mary Jenkins Higgins. Growing up in Waldoboro, she attended local schools.

She was employed at many local boarding homes, tending and caring for residents.

Dolores was a member of the Word of Life Church in Waldoboro, formerly known as the Waldoboro Pentecostal Church. She liked to play cards and cribbage, singing and playing the guitar, writing poems, going to yard sales, and working outdoors in her yard.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Bertell D. Drinkwater, who died in 2000; her sisters, Lillian Lindsey and Marylyn Nash; her brother, Harold Nash Jr.; her son-in-law, Wayne Burnham; and her husbands, Robert Crouse and Manuel Augusto.

She is survived by her daughters, Deborah Brown and her companion Bob Heald of Portland, JoAnne Ladd and her husband, Charles, of South Portland, Gail Augusto of Waldoboro, Laurie Boissenault and her husband, Dennis, of Waldoboro and Jan McLean of Augusta; her sons, Leslie Crouse and his wife, Evelyn, of Waldoboro, Mark Augusto and his wife, Carolyn, of Vinalhaven and Ricky Augusto and his companion, Xiomara Dubois, of Colorado; her sister, Grace Wellman of Waldoboro; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and her dog, Buddy.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Jan. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Waldoboro Word of Life Church, 41 Old Route 1 in Waldoboro. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery.

Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made in Dolores’ memory to the American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Complex, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086.

Arrangements are with the Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waldoboro.