Dorothy A. Oakes

Jul 02, 2018
Dorothy Oakes

Spruce Head — Dorothy A. "Dolly" Oakes, 86, died Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at her home.

She was born Jan. 8, 1932, in Warren, daughter of Frederick and Goldie M. (Yattaw) Putansu and Russell W. Card, all of whom predeceased her.

Dolly attended schools in St George and Dec. 27, 1952, she married the love of her life, Lawrence C. Oakes, Sr. Dolly worked many years at Van Baalen's as a surger. From Van Baalen's, she went to F.J. O’Hara’s, where she was a fish cutter alongside her husband for more than 20 years. From F.J. O‘Hara, she went to Holmes Sardine Cannery as a quality control inspector for the sardine line. The highlight of her career was going to Hawaii with her husband, on the Big Island, to inspect sardines. Additionally, she traveled throughout the Eastern seaboard training others in quality control and providing facility inspections. Switching careers, Dolly achieved her CNA and worked in private-duty home care. After many years as a CNA, she joined her husband working at the Great Eastern Mussel Farm in St George until they both retired.

Dolly enjoyed singing, traveling, camping, sewing, family picnics, the color red and anything in leopard print. Most of all, she loved her dogs. From breeding poodles to adopting dogs from the animal shelter, Dolly always had at least one dog in the house. Dolly enjoyed watching the classics, like Shirley Temple and "Wizard of Oz." She perfected talking like a munchkin, reciting the phrase “Follow the yellow brick road.” Dolly loved Elvis and was proud that he had the same birthdate as hers.

Dolly was a great cook, known for many dishes; however, she was best known for her Italian spaghetti and chocolate bread pudding and butter sauce. Her recipe for the chocolate bread pudding was served for many years at her son’s restaurant, Touch of Class, on Main Street in Rockland. Dolly was loved by many and always enjoyed reminiscing. Dolly was known as “Nanny Oakes” to all the neighborhood kids, not only her grandchildren. Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Dolly would never forget her. She had a quick wit and a story at the tip of her tongue at all times.

Dolly was involved in St George Fire Flies for many years and also participated on the St George Days Planning Committee.

In addition to her husband of more than 65 years, Dolly is survived by: five children, Lonnie W. Morton and his wife, Kathy, of Vinalhaven, Patricia A. Rackliff and her husband, Dennis A., of Spruce Head, Lawrence C. Oakes Jr. and his wife, Betty, of Spruce Head, stepchildren Larry L. Oakes and his wife, Linda, of South Thomaston, and Sharon Tolman and her husband, Scott, of Vinalhaven; 13 grandchildren, Amanda, Jana, Landon, Candice, Rebecca, Jennifer, Lindsey, Lawrence III, Tracy, Lori, Octavia, Tex and Michelle; and 22 great-grandchildren.

At Dolly’s request, there will be no formal services at this time. To share a memory or story with Dolly’s family, visit their online Book of Memories at

Arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Gail Elliott | Jul 03, 2018 07:19

She will be sadly missed , great camping times at Beaver Lodge will always be remembered


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