Norma P. Dorman, 89, died surrounded by her loving family March 7, 2010, at the Knox Center in Rockland.

Born in Guilford on Dec. 19, 1920, she was the daughter of Manson C. and Maude Meservey Prescott. Educated in local schools, she was a graduate of Guilford High School. She later attended Gordon College in Boston, graduating in 1944, having earned a bachelor’s degree in theology.

While at Gordon College, Miriam Dorman introduced Norma to her brother, Kendrick W. Dorman, who was in the Air Force, and was passing through Boston en route to his home in Rockland.

For the next year, she served as a traveling pastor in the Waldo Larger Parish, often traveling throughout rural Waldo County on a bicycle. During this same time, while preaching, teaching Sunday school and bible studies, she continued corresponding with Kendrick.

On July 4, 1945, the couple married at the Prescott home in Guilford. They made their first home in Greenville, S.C., where Mr. Dorman was stationed at Greenville Army Air Base. In October 1945, when Mr. Dorman was transferred to the Philippines, Mrs. Dorman moved to her husband’s parents’ home in Rockland. Prior to the birth of their first child, Mrs. Dorman worked at Ed Gonias Wallpaper Store in Rockland.

Never one to sit idle, in addition to raising her family, Mrs. Dorman served as a supply pastor, filling the pulpits of many area churches. During this same period, she also helped her husband open Dorman’s Dairy Dream in Thomaston, with his uncle and aunt, William and Annie Dorman, in 1951.

At one time she was asked to substitute teach at the Frank D. Rowe School in Warren, and thus began her teaching career. At this school, Mrs. Dorman met Dorothy Jordan, a fellow teacher, whose husband, Vernon, was the principal. The Jordans became lifelong and devoted friends of Norma and Kendrick. Always able to handle many responsibilities, while still raising her family, helping at the Dairy Dream, teaching school and sometimes preaching, she drove several times a week to the University of Maine at Orono, where she earned a bachelor’s of education degree.

She later taught elementary grades at Owls Head Central School for several years, and finished her 23-year teaching career at South School in Rockland in 1980.

An active member of the Littlefield Memorial Baptist Church since 1945, she served on various boards and committees, taught the ‘Fidelas’ Sunday school class and started a class for young mothers, which ultimately adopted the name, King’s Daughters. She was long active in the Missions Society and was a member of the Over 60 Club, and volunteered many hours in service to Pen Bay Christian Schools. Mrs. Dorman’s love for her Lord and concern for the spread of the Gospel was evidenced in her lifelong passion for visiting shut-ins and helping those in need. Most recently, even after moving to the nursing home, she could be found visiting and introducing herself to her neighbors.

With her husband, she enjoyed membership in the Good Sam Travel Club, and for more than 20 years enjoyed spending winter months in Zephyrhills, Fla.

She was also a member of the Maine State Retired Teachers Association.

Other than her parents, Mrs. Dorman was predeceased by two sisters, Joyce Ireland and Ethel Ireland; and one brother, Francis Prescott.

Besides her husband, Kendrick, of 64 years, she is survived by two daughters, Janice Cross of Thomaston and Peggy Dean and her husband, Harold, of Turner; one son, Wayne Dorman and his wife, Bonnie, of Clayton, N.C.; one sister, L. Madolyn Vincent of Houlton; four sisters-in-law, Margaret McKusic, Miriam Caldwell and Ruth Murphy, all of Owls Head, and Gertrude Prescott of Virginia; six grandchildren, Julie A. Sanborn and her husband, Darryl, John H. Cross Jr., all of Thomaston, Angela D. Wisdom and her husband, Jeff, of Storrs, Conn., Stacey L. Dean of Turner, Heather E. Ruksznis and her husband, Brian, and Matthew R. Dorman, all of Clayton, N.C.; 10 great-grandchildren, Darryl Sanborn Jr., Anna Sanborn, Justin Sanborn, Nicholas Sanborn, Emilee Cross, Isabella Cross, Cailin Ruksznis, Tristan Ruksznis, Benjamin Wisdom and Trent Wisdom; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to visit Friday, March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, March 13 at 11 a.m. at Littlefield Memorial Baptist Church, One Waldo Ave. in Rockland. The Rev. Dr. Branan Becknell, the Rev. Dr. Linwood Welch and the Rev. James Ackerson will officiate. Spring interment will be in announced in Achorn Cemetery in Rockland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pen Bay Christian Schools, Scholarship Fund, One Waldo Ave., Rockland, ME 04841.

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