Amanda M. Dempsey

April 19, 1934 - March 24, 2014 

Amanda M. Dempsey

April 19, 1934 - March 24, 2014 

Obituary for Amanda M. Dempsey

AUBURN- Amanda M. Dempsey 79, formerly of Harpswell and Turner, passed away Monday afternoon after a long journey with Cancer at the Androscoggin Hospice House.

She was born in West Grove Pennsylvania on April 19, 1934.

She was the widow of William Dempsey whom she was married to for 25 years. She married her current husband, Howard Lowell in 1994.

Amanda was an avid gardener, quilter, and hunter. What she loved most was renovating old houses, and no project was too large or too daunting for her. She loved dogs and especially “Scooter, Casey, and Bly.” Amanda was very proud of her children’s accomplishments; however, she never hesitated to tell Patrick to drive slower, Alicia to quit dying her hair, and Mary to get a “pixie” cut. Grandchildren and great grandchildren tracked dirt on Amanda’s wood floors, made tremendous amounts of noise, and brought her some of her greatest joy.

With the diagnosis of cancer and the advent of the Dempsey Center, Amanda went from a private person to a more public one, and in doing so, she offered gentle and kind support to others journeying with cancer. She could often be found at the Dempsey Center in Lewiston, bringing in quilts, sewing with her daughter Mary, and talking to patients. Each year she led the ”Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Survivor Walk” at the Dempsey Challenge, and this past year, Amanda was able to cycle on her pink bike.

Amanda is survived by her husband Howard Lowell; of Auburn; her three children, Mary Dempsey, Patrick Dempsey and his wife Jillian, Alicia and her husband Doug Hatten; brother Jim Casson and wife Cecile; eight step children, John Lowell and wife Mary, James Lowell and wife Tina, Ruth Lowell, D’Ann and husband Philip Savage, Linda and husband Gary Bartlett, Patricia and husband Leo Deschenes, Jeanne and husband Ron Carpentier, and Cathy and husband Mark Schlich; also surviving are four grandchildren, one great grandson, 13 step grandchildren, and four step great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her first husband, William and two brothers, Wesley and Jack..

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the entire staff at Central Maine Medical Center, which is part of the Central Maine Medical Family; Massachusetts General Hospital, Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice House, St. Dominic Academy and a special thank you to all the “angels” who helped guide Amanda and her family through the journey.

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DEMPSEY died in Auburn, March 24, 2014, Amanda M. Dempsey age 79 years.

A Memorial Service honoring Amanda’s life will be held SATURDAY March 29th 4:00PM at Saint Dominic Academy, 121 Gracelawn Road, Auburn Maine.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Amanda’s memory may be made to the Dempsey Center 29 Lowell Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240.

Arrangements by PINETTE DILLINGHAM & LYNCH FUNERAL HOME of Lewiston, 784-4023

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