Dorothy Yates Obituary

January 6, 2011

in News,Obituaries

WINDSOR — A memorial service is planned for later this summer for Dorothy Ellen (Will-cox) Yates who died on Christ-mas Day, 2010 at Cedar Hill Health Care Center in Windsor, Vermont.
She was born on October 22, 1915 in Montpelier, Vermont, the second child of Julius A. and Annie M. (Brown) Willcox.
She attended schools in Mont-pelier and Ludlow, graduated from Rutland High School and then Columbia School of Dental Hygiene in New York City, and attended New York University.
She worked in a private dental practice in New York City before her marriage to H. Powell “Pat” Yates, Esq. in New York City on December 7, 1935. 

They resided in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., and Valley Stream, N.Y., before moving to Babylon, N. Y., where they raised their three children.
Pat Yates worked for the Met-ropolitan Life Insurance Com-pany and Dorothy worked as a hygienist in the Babylon School System. 
 Beginning in the sum-mers of the early 40s, she brought her children to camp at the Coolidge State Park in Ply-mouth, Vermont. They joined several other mothers with chil-dren each year and fathers would visit during their respective vaca-tions.
In 1948 she was given a family ancestral home, her beloved “Red House,” on Lynds Road in Ply-mouth where she continued to stay in the summers until she was unable to care for herself. 

After her husband’s retirement in 1970, they both spent their summers in Plymouth and win-tered in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. Her husband predeceased her in 1993. 

Dorothy loved to talk about her genealogy and tell about her connection to the original settlers of Plymouth, the Browns, the Taylors and the Coolidge’s. Her grandparent’s “Brown Farm” is still a part of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation. Dorothy volunteered for many years at the church at the Foundation where she gave tours to the visitors. She was a member of the DAR, the Moore Pond Association, and was a Master Bridge Player. 

She is survived by one son William S. Yates of Windsor; one daughter, Mariam P. “Nene” (Yates) Matthews of Alamo, Calif; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Edwin Willcox of California; eight grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and 13 nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Dorothy was predeceased by one daughter D. Ellen Yates in 1998; her parents; two sisters, Marion E. (Willcox) Patterson and Jo-anne B. (Willcox) Martina; and one brother, Edwin James “Jim” Willcox.
In memoriam, the family re-quests that you visit the Coolidge Homestead in Plymouth in her honor.


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