2016-08-26 / Obituaries

LeRae Dwight

LeRae Hehl Dwight, 83, passed into the Lord’s hands at home on Aug. 17, 2016. Rae was born on July 17, 1933, to Beatrice Jameson and Karl Frederick Hehl in St. Paul, Minnesota. The eldest of six children, Rae spent the bulk of her childhood in Denver, Colorado, where she graduated from Kent Day School in 1950. She then attended Pine Manor Junior College and graduated in 1952.

She met her husband of 60 years, Lawrence E. Dwight, at Pine Manor on a blind date when the Bowdoin College Glee Club was visiting for a weekend concert. She went on to briefly attend Sweet Briar College in Amherst, Virginia, before she married Lawrence on Sept. 24, 1954 in nearby Forest, Virginia.

Rae and Larry raised their four children in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. There, she was an active member of the Junior League of Springfield, Massachusetts, and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. She also was an avid needle pointer and expert embroiderer. She was a member of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America and taught needlepoint and embroidery around the country.

She proudly achieved a gold star level of accomplishment with various art projects assigned by the guild. She also co-owned a shop called The Thimble on the Green which specialized in needlework and classes.

In the fall of 1978, Rae and Larry moved to Kennebunk. Rae became an active member of the Altar Guilds of St. David’s Episcopal Church and St. Ann’s Episcopal Church. She also played competitive duplicate bridge regularly. Her needlepoint skills did not go unused or unnoticed in Kennebunk. She was integral in the design collaboration and completion of beautiful altar kneelers at St. David’s church depicting the creation of the world, as well as other projects for the church and the Episcopal Cathedral in Portland.

Rae also was a longtime board member of the Kennebunk Free Library serving as chairman during the expansion project in 1995 and the Brick Store Museum where she initiated a Marathon Bridge fundraiser in 1982 that is still in existence today. She also taught bridge at The Senior Center of Kennebunk and volunteered at the Budget Box in Kennebunk.

To keep her mind sharp lately, she enjoyed playing cribbage three times a week at Graves Library in Kennebunkport, daily crossword puzzles, weekly bridge games with her girl friends, and playing Rummikub with her family.

Rae is survived by her husband, Lawrence Edward Dwight of Kennebunk, her daughters, Deborah Dwight Kelley and husband, Joseph of Shoreham, Vermont, and Louise Dwight Spang and husband, Timothy, of Kennebunkport, and her son Timothy Hehl Dwight and wife, Devorah, of Amesbury, Massachusetts. Rae was predeceased by her son, Lawrence Edward Dwight, Jr. of Wilton, Maine. She will also be missed by her eight grandchildren, Lawrence ‘Lance’ Edward Dwight III of Wayne, Maine, Johanna Anderson Kelley of Shoreham, Vermont, Jameson Parsons Spang of Kennebunkport, Maine, Elizabeth Parsons Kelley of Shoreham, Vermont, Avonlea Hehl Dwight of Wayne, Maine, Clayton Hehl Spang of Kennebunkport, Maine, Timothy Hehl Dwight, Jr., and Samantha ‘Zanthia’ LeRae Dwight of Amesbury, Massachusetts.

We would like to acknowledge our appreciation for the compassionate and expert care of Rae from the Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Kennebunk, Hospice of Southern Maine, the doctors and staff at the New England Cancer Specialists, and her caregivers from Home Instead Senior Care.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Endowment Funds of Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk, ME 04043 or St. David’s Episcopal Church, 138 York St., Kennebunk, ME 04043 or St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 44, Kennebunkport, ME 04046.

A full Eucharist Service will be held at St David’s Episcopal Church, 138 York St., Kennebunk, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25. Following the service there will be a celebration in the reception hall of St David’s. Burial service will be at the convenience of close family at a future date.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Rae’s Book of Memories Page at bibberfuneral.com.

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