Shirley (Dodrill) Bacon, 83, of Biddeford, passed away peacefully at her home in Biddeford on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in the loving care of her family and caregivers. She was born in Romney, West Virginia on May 13, 1933, a daughter of William S. and Elizabeth (Hanna) Dodrill. She grew up in Clay, had a happy childhood and graduated from Clay County High School, class of 1951. While attending college at William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, she went on a blind double date for Valentine’s Day with her future husband Robert Bacon. After graduating college and receiving a Bachelor of Art Degree, they were married in July of 1955. After the wedding and a honeymoon in Ocean Park, Maine, they relocated to Boston. Just before the birth of their first child in 1957, they settled into their first home in Natick, Massachusetts. Shirley was a real trooper taking care of a new baby, helping to restore a two hundred year old house and working to restore the lovely old gardens surrounding the home. While living in Natick, they welcomed two more children. As their family grew, Shirley became active in the Natick Women’s Club. In 1969, the family moved to a welcoming and loving neighborhood in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where Shirley resided for the next forty five years. She was upset though that flower gardening was more challenging at her new home and so she became an avid vegetable gardener at the community garden. She spent many summer days at the garden with her children picking then freezing and canning her harvest. Shirley was always supportive and devoted to her children, transporting them to skating lessons, hang gliding and dance classes as well as being a Girl Scout leader and school volunteer for many years. She passed her love of gardening on to all of her children and taught them to identify the many wildflowers growing in the area. Her brother Bill lived only a few hours away and she was delighted that the two families were able to spend time together. As the family grew up, Shirley returned to the work force, first managing the gift shop at UNC Hospital and then as a very successful manager for This End Up Furniture. Her special skill was finding group homes in the area that would benefit from the sturdy furniture that she sold. In 1986, Shirley and Robert purchased Hill Country Woodworks in Chapel Hill. Shirley managed their downtown showroom until 2003. She absolutely loved meeting and working with clients from all over the world to provide them with a piece of furniture that was just right for their needs. Shirley loved sewing for her two grandchildren, creating many Halloween costumes. During summer vacations, she enjoyed taking them to soccer or theater camp while visiting North Carolina. Shirley was predeceased by her brother William Dodrill and her sister Mary Elizabeth Nichols. She is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years Robert, her daughter Susan Lessard and husband Jeff of Saco, her son Everett Bacon and wife Teresa of Durham NC, and her daughter Sarah Bacon of Bynum NC. She is also survived by her grandson Ryan Lessard and partner Shannon Foley, twin great grandsons Alex and Avery of Saco and granddaughter Lindsay Giraulo and husband Michael of Newington CT., her brother Bernard Dodrill of TN. Visiting Hours will be from 3-5PM with a Service at 5PM on Monday, May 22, 2017, at Cote Funeral Home Chapel, 87 James Street, Saco. To view Shirley’s memorial page or leave an online condolence, please visitwww.cotefuneralhome.com
The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers that made Shirley’s last years so much happier and enabled her to remain in her home. Thanks also to the great team at hospice for all of your help.