Dorcas Leavitt

Obituary of Dorcas Benton Leavitt

Guilford and Monson- Dorcas Benton Leavitt, 88, passed away peacefully on August 15, 2023, surrounded by her four children. Dorcas was born January 5, 1935, in Monson, daughter of Rutherford B. Benton and Adessa (Johnson) Benton. Dorcas married Cyril “Bud” Leavitt, Sr. on November 11, 1950, and they were married 55 years until Bud’s passing in 2006. Dorcas went back to high school when her youngest daughter started first grade to earn her high school diploma and proudly graduated from Monson Academy in 1964. Her many accomplishments included being a devoted wife and mother, a bookkeeper for her husband’s business, and a personal assistant to professional photographer Berenice Abbott, traveling often with her to photography and art exhibitions. Dorcas’s many enjoyments included reading, swimming, ice skating, playing the piano, and taking pride in her home. Her favorite color was white and it was a family joke that she painted all things white and preferred to wear only white. Above all, Dorcas loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, cherishing all the times she spent with them and was always proud to share in their accomplishments. She is survived by her son, Cyril M. Leavitt, Jr. and wife, Beth; three daughters, Vikki Ryder and husband, Charles, Valri Smiley and husband, David, and Vanesa Korsman and husband, Arvo. She also leaves eight grandchildren, Cyril M. Leavitt, III and wife, Jennifer, Maris Glennon and husband, Michael, Tatum Scott and husband, Michael, Chelsey Hancock, Daralyn Herrick, Darby Goodreau, Garnet Burgess and husband, Randy, and Greta Luellen and husband, John; and twelve great-grandchildren, Kendall and Lainey Drake, Pryce and Landon Leavitt, Ryder Gray, Addyson and Avery Herrick, Ayden Goodreau, Ryker and Rylan Burgess, and Miles and Mila Luellen; two sisters-in-law, Carolyn Langert and Charlene Lowe. She was predeceased by her parents, beloved husband, Bud, sister, Barbara Robinson and brother, Kendrick Benton. Private graveside services will be held at the family lot at Hillside Cemetery in Monson. At Dorcas’s request, in lieu of flowers, those who wish to make memorial contributions to the Monson Public Library, P.O. Box 282, Monson, Maine 04464. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home. Condolences and memories may be expressed at

Private Graveside Service

Hillside Cemetery, Monson
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