Dorothy Lillian Martin, 97, most recently of West Gardiner and Sidney, Maine, passed away on January 6th, 2014, from heart failure while in the care of her family. She was born in Westminster, Mass., on December 18th, 1916 to George and Edith Wyman Smith. The widow of Dr. James G. Martin of Old Town, Maine, who passed away in 1986, Dorothy and he were married in 1941 and spent their years together first in Danforth, Maine and from 1957 to 1986 in Old Town, Maine. She spent many years as his receptionist and was as well-known as he for being such an integral part of his practice. She supported him through his many years with Rotary as a District Governor, an international representative for Rotary and as the Past President of Rotary on Stamps. After his passing, she remained in Old Town for another 20 years before moving to Sidney, Maine to be nearer to family in 2007. \r\r\n \r\r\nGram was a very strong-willed and generous lady who at the age of 97 gracefully passed on not so much willingly as dutifully. Her desire to live was not so much out of any furtherance of herself as it was of furtherance of her efforts to enhance others. She genuinely found happiness in those generosities she could extend that led to others' betterment. \r\r\n \r\r\nKnown by her son as "Mum" and affectionately as either Gram or Dot by all who knew her, she is survived by her son, Denny, and daughter in law, Jane, of West Gardiner, Maine with whom she lived. She was predeceased by her daughter Beth Gustafson in 2008, though remained good friends with her son-in-law Bob Gustafson of Brunswick throughout the years. Also surviving her are Grandson Brentley Martin and his wife, Lisa, and Great Grand-daughter, Sarah Martin, of Sidney, Maine, Grand-Daughter Candice Martin McCubrey and her husband, David, and Great-Grandchildren Wade, Aaron, Leah, Melanie, and Sophia of Sterling, Mass and Grandson Joshua Martin of Londonderry, NH. She leaves behind her brother Fred Smith and wife, Helen, of Leominster, Mass as well as Brother-in-Law, Randy Chester, and nieces, Nancy and Becky as well. She will be missed by numerous recent and decades-old friends Lorna and Carlton Russell of Sandy Point and Marie, Dot, and Nona of Sidney. \r\r\n \r\r\nThe family wishes to thank all of the wonderful hospice care-givers who devoted themselves to Gram as though they were family over the past six months. An additional thank you is in order for the staff at FMI and Maine Medical in Augusta for their kind care. The family also wishes to extend a special thank you to Sandra Hutchings, who went over and above any call of duty or charity: Gram truly appreciated your companionship. \r\r\n \r\r\nIn lieu of flowers or donations, Gram would have wanted all to simply take this time to reassure their love to those closest to them.