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Dorothy C. Stewart

June 21st, 2016

Dorothy C. Stewart, age 97, passed away peacefully at the Meadow View Center in North Reading on June 21, 2016.

Dorothy was born on April 25, 1919, in New Bedford, MA; she was the beloved daughter of the late Harry and Ada (Spencer) Stewart. Dorothy was raised and educated in Wilmington, MA and was Valedictorian of the Wilmington High School Class of 1937 and a graduate of Boston University with the Class of 1941.

Dorothy served in World War II as a Sergeant in the United States Army (WAC) and was honorably discharged in 1946; she then went on to a long and successful career with the U. S. Government. Dorothy was an avid world traveler and shared her passion of traveling with family and friends.

Dorothy is survived by her sister, Doctor Pearl S. Pitt of St. Simons Island, GA, her brothers Harry T. Stewart of Wilmington, MA, and Norman T. Stewart of Arlington, TX, and sisters-in-law Ann Stewart of Harwich, MA, Charlotte Stewart of Wilmington, MA, and Estafana Stewart of Arlington, TX, as well as many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and great-nephews who adored their “Aunt Dot”. Dorothy was pre-deceased by her brother Ervyl Stewart and brother-in-law Dr. Leldon Pitt.

Graveside Services with Military Honors will be held in the Veterans Lot at Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, June 24th at 2:00 p.m.

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6 Entries in Guest Book for “Dorothy C. Stewart”

  1. Diane Stewart says:

    You left your mark on the world & your family for 97 years . Well done Aunt Dot. You’ll be missed & never forgotten . You taught us all so much … not just about formal education but , to just be KIND & generous (if able ) to me, that is your legacy & all of us will do our best to carry it out from here. You were truly one of a kind . We will never forget you or your smile that shined so bright . Heaven got another angel today . goodbye for now , Aunt Dot . Until we meet again , Rest in peace .

  2. Jon B. Arno says:

    There are no sorrows where you are
    your soul is free at last
    There’s no more pain or suffering
    those hardships have all passed…

  3. Bob Stewart says:

    Who could ever forget the “Aunt Dot Boxes” which arrived randomly to various Stewart family homes filled with, well, randomness? The arrival of an Aunt Dot Box always created excitement as you just never knew what was inside. Cracker Jacks on steroids. Toothpaste tubes, designer clothes, not-so-designer clothes, assorted trinkets, postcards from past trips, soap . . . probably a shorter list of what you might not find in an Aunt Dot Box.
    And the tradition continued to the next Stewart generation with the same level of anticipation and excitement. When she was very young my oldest daughter, Kate, began to call the brown UPS truck the “Aunt Dot Truck” and was disappointed (and probably confused) when it didn’t stop at our house.
    But it was clothes that I remember most. There were the occasional gems that were worn proudly. There were the “dress up clothes” that were a huge hit with the kids and their friends for play time. But then there were the clothes that no one in the family felt they would wear but we all knew someone could use. These clothes found their way into homes from Mexico to Canada and maybe beyond. Aunt Dot touching lives and helping people without even knowing it. Now that is a legacy to be proud of.

  4. Tracey Stewart says:

    Thank you Aunt Dot for being such a big presence in our lives literally and figuratively.
    Yes, as others have mentioned we had to explain to the UPS delivery person who you were, and then they started talking about the Aunt Dot boxes as well! I still have many items that have made it through many moves that stand as reminders of you every day. I believe many of us Stewarts are responsible for starting the “ugly christmas sweater” craze as a result of you…I wear mine proudly every year!
    You are a reminder to all of strength,kindness and generosity. Safe travels.

  5. Lisa Stewart Glen says:

    Thanks, Aunt Dot for sharing your generous spirit with us! Both your service to our great nation and sharing your love for travel and shopping with us blessed several generations of Stewarts. The famous Aunt Dot boxes full of bounty initially raised a few eyebrows in the West Point barracks but, soon enough, crowds gathered to see what treasures were found within! That was soon followed by our children excitedly waiting the UPS and/or postal truck to see sometimes the exact same treasures in duplicate! Your service as a WAC set the precedent for my own service and will be remembered in our hearts and at the Women In Military Service Memorial in DC. Godspeed from the Ten Glens.

  6. Patricia Gilligan says:

    Sincere Condolences to all of the Stewart’s, young and older.
    “Aunt Dot” seems to have had an adventurous life which she enjoyed very much and passed that on to all of her family, far and near!

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