Dorothy (Trial) Pickens

WINTHROP – This winter, the ravages of COVID-19 claimed yet another of the world’s loveliest people. Dorothy (Trial) Pickens left this life for the next to rejoice in the arms of her Savior.Dorothy was born May 8, 1937, to the late Lucius J. Trial and Ethel Cobb Trial. Dorothy graduated from Howe High School (Billerica, Mass.) and Rice Business College (Charleston, S.C.), both with high honors.On Dec. 10, 1955, Dorothy married the love of her life, the late Luman C. Pickens, United States Navy. The couple made their first home in Port Hueneme, Calif. where they welcomed their first child, a boy, Jeff Arthur. Shortly thereafter they were reassigned to New London, Conn. where they welcomed their second child, a girl, Deneige Anne. In 1965, the family relocated once again to Charleston, S.C. where they would remain for several years. Dorothy was very civic minded and participated in community activities and served on several boards and councils. She was employed, as a civilian, for the United States Navy where she served as assistant to multiple commanding officers throughout the years her husband was stationed at CNB. After her husband’s retirement from the Navy, the family moved to and remained in Winthrop, Maine. Dorothy was employed by the VA Togus where she achieved and was recognized with multiple awards and honors for exemplary service.Dorothy had a wonderful sense of humor matched by few. She lived effortlessly by the adage, “He who laughs at himself never runs out of things to laugh at.” Dorothy’s granddaughter, Amy, shared that although sad more time wasn’t spent together, she is comforted by how much they had in common.Dorothy loved music of all kinds. She was a member of the Kennebells, a barber shop group out of Waterville. She participated in multiple church choirs, and in later years, enjoyed harmonizing to the old gospel hymns with her friend, Jane Glazier. Their favorite was In The Garden.Dottie was an inherently kind and compassionate woman. She was a loyal friend and befriended everybody. She treated all people the same – with respect. She adored children and had the gift of being able to win them over easily. She always had some little toy or trinket to give out whenever there was a child to visit her. Dottie loved animals and enjoyed arts and crafts of all kinds. She even discovered late in life that she had an innate talent for watercolor painting.Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Luman, and her son, Jeff. She is survived by her daughter, Deneige Blaisdell (Richard); granddaughter, Amy Blaisdell-Pechamnová (Joe); and loving extended family, Nancy Blaisdell, and (Lady) Jane Glazier.Arrangements are in the care of Roberts Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 62 Bowdoin Street, Winthrop, where memories, condolences and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of our website at

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