Fitzgerald, Dora Elizabeth Adams, 93, North Charleston, South Carolina, in North Charleston, October 8, 2008. A Celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, November 9 in York Beach, Maine.
Dora Fitzgerald, 93, widow of Frank Fitzgerald, died in her home in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday, October 8th, surrounded by five of her nine children. After he retired, Dora and Frank lived in York Beach, Wells and then Caribou for several years where they were communicants at Holy Rosary Church and active in the community including helping to deliver meals on wheels.
Dora was born in Decatur, Ill., and grew up in Southern California, where she married Frank in San Bernardino. They were married for 65 years.
Two infant children, Mary Macushla and Gerald James, and granddaughters Jeannette Denise and Heather Amanda also predeceased Dora. She will be greatly missed by her children: William of Garmisch, Germany; Michael of Stockholm, ME; Joseph of Seattle, WA; Kathleen of Murrieta, CA; Shelagh of Caribou, ME; Timothy of Portland, ME; Patrick of Charleston, SC; Terence of Foxborough, MA and Mary of North Charleston, SC. Dora also leaves 18 grandchildren and almost as many great grandchildren.
She was a homemaker who made each of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren feel special. "She was the quintessential mother," said her daughter Mary, "She made each of us feel like we were her favorite."
To celebrate her 90th birthday, she threw out the first pitch at a Charleston Riverdogs baseball game. "She went out there and threw it, and it bounced a couple times before it got to the plate," Terry said. "She turned around and started pressing for another shot at it."
At the tender age of 91, she took her first hot air balloon ride, accompanied by her son, Pat. After the exhilarating flight over Asheville, North Carolina, she came down and said, "Everyone should do that at least once." She was an inspiration to so many, and a friend to all.
She enjoyed painting watercolors and landscapes, one of which won first place in the Temecula California County Fair for her age group in the early part of the decade.
Even just a few months ago, Mrs. Fitzgerald could be seen riding in the car with Mary, singing Neil Diamond songs. "We got to a stop sign, and she said, 'Roll the windows down. . . . I want to show off our music,' " Mary said. "She had the best sense of humor of anybody, she was the kind of person who – no matter who she met – everybody fell in love with her."
Although she had been battling congestive heart failure for over a year, she was determined to live long enough to vote in the presidential election. Her absentee ballot arrived in the morning, she made her mark, and it was put in the mailbox at 11 A.M. One hour after being told that her ballot was on its way, she quietly passed away.
Dora's ashes will be joined with her husband's in Templemore, Ireland in the spring.
A Celebration of her Life was attended by friends and family on October 12th in Charleston, SC and another will be held on Sunday, November 9th in York Beach, Maine. In gratitude for assistance during her last year, memorial donations may be sent to your local Hospice organization.