Dorothy F. Farrell – Shelburne
|March 13, 2013||Filled under Obituaries, Our Town||
Dorothy F. Farrell, 92, of Shelburne, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at the Arbors. She was born on Feb. 27, 1921, in Compton, Quebec, the daughter of Willis and Gladys (Nichols) Ford. When Dorothy was six years old, she moved with her family from Canada to East Charleston, Vt. Dorothy attended Derby Academy, and graduated from Brighton High School in 1939. After graduating, Dorothy moved to Boston, before returning to Vermont to attend college. She graduated from Burlington Business College in 1941. For many years, Dorothy lived in Burlington and worked as a legal secretary. She was first employed by the Clark Gravel law firm. She later worked at Farrell Distributing, Burlington City Hall, and the First Congregational Church. In 1956, Dorothy married Wilbert S. Farrell and moved to Shelburne. She was a member of the Shelburne United Methodist Church and taught Sunday School for many years. Dorothy also volunteered in the Shelburne school system, helping students with reading. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; brother, George Ford; sisters, Marion Petell and Mabel Schenk; and son, Richard Farrell. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Stone; brother, Albert Ford; son, Michael Farrell and wife, Kathleen Farrell; daughter-in-law, Nancy Farrell; son, John Farrell; daughter, Lorraine Farrell and husband, John Holt; seven grandchildren, Jason Farrell, Shawn Marie Landers, Freda Farrell, Shawn Farrell, Rebecca Bergeson, Davis Holt, and Amanda Holt; seven great-grandchildren; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. Dorothy also leaves two special cousins, Robert and Russell Nichols; and her dear friend of 72 years, Rebecca Kruger. A memorial service will be held in the spring in East Charleston, Vt. Memorial contributions can be made to COTS or the Burlington Food Shelf.