Dorothy J. Pote

October 21st, 2012

Dorothy J. Pote, age 89, of Smyrna, TN, formerly of Wilmington, MA, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, October 19, 2012.

Mrs. Pote was born in Fredericksburg, VA, on October 1, 1923, she was the only child of the late Laura Meeks Mays and Joseph Patrick Johnson.

Dorothy married “the love of her life” Ira Harry Pote, Jr., on February 14, 1942, together they shared nearly 53 years of marriage, raised a beautiful family, and made many memories for generations to come, before Ira’s passing on February 13, 1995.

Ira and Dorothy lived in Malden for many years before moving to Wilmington in 1962 where they resided until 1970 when they retired to Florida.  Returning to Massachusetts in 1990 to be closer to family,Dorothy spent the next decade in Wilmington before moving to Smyrna, TN, where she has lived for the last 12 years.

Dorothy will be most fondly remembered for her unconditional love and devotion to her family.  In her younger years when her husband was away in the US Coast Guard for months at a time; Dorothy stepped right up to the position of “mother and father” to her three young children, she took care of every household chore inside and out, she was an amazing cook, made sure her family had wonderful holidays and celebrations; crocheting many special gifts, and making countless  Halloween costumes over the years.  Dorothy made sure her children had a good education, as well as plenty of love and support, all of this while she was working full time.

When the next three generations started to arrive, Dorothy cherished her role as “Grammy, Great-Grammy, and Great-Great-Grammy”, showering them with her guidance and love.

Dorothy was a very special lady to many and will be truly missed.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ira Harry Pote Jr, and son in law, Earl J. L’Esperance.  Mrs. Pote is survived by her children Sherrill D. L’Esperance of Dunellen FL, Ira T. Pote and his wife Marie of Wilmington MA and Melinda P. Scarlett and her husband Jon of Smyrna TN. Dorothy was the loving “Grammy” of Julie A. Hamilton, Craig S. L’Esperance, Ira T. Pote Jr., Erik R. Pote, Jamie A. Pote, Nancy M. Cassidy, Eddie Ivey, Sherree Lindemann, and the late Jason Ivey, “Great-Grammy” of Stephanie, Jessica, Kimberly, Samantha, Matthew, Michael, Darrin, Brandon, Hayley, Robbie, Ira Thomas III, Brady, Carley, Collin, Lathan, Logan, Karl, Samuel, and “Great-Great-Grammy” to Ava.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Wednesday, October 24th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:30 p.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Memorial donations in Dorothy’s name may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P. O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

On behalf of Dorothy Pote’s family a very special thank you goes out to the staff and nurses at the Tennessee State Veterans Home for all of the love and care that you gave to their mom, it was truly appreciated and will never be forgotten.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!


4 Entries in Guest Book for “Dorothy J. Pote”

  1. Kelly (Hersom) Michaud says:

    Uncle Tom and family, I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother/grandmother. My thoughts are with each of you.

  2. Barbara & Bob Morse says:

    Tommy, Marie, Sherri, & Melinda. Bob and I were saddened to hear of your mother’s passing.She was such a good friend to Gert & Bob. they enjoyed many good times with both your parents. Gert & Dotty would talk for hours and remained good friends til Gert’s passing.Keep your memories of her fresh in your mind and she will never be far from you.

  3. Jane Sides says:

    When I was a caretaker for Ms. Dottie before she had to go to the veterans’ nursing facility, we always promised each other that for whomever goes to Heaven first, we are to reserve the mansion next door for the other one – I know it will be a beautiful one – you have left me many beautiful memories -
    I know you are keeping your promise to me – I loved you so much -

  4. Stacie Murphy says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Pote family. You have a beautiful angel to watch over and guide you.

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