Dorothy Bowers Driscoll
Ret. Postmaster, 97
Dorothy B. Driscoll went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday September 30, 2009 at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty, NY. She was 97.
The daughter of the late Percy and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Breen Bowers, she was born December 14, 1911 in Glen Wild, NY. She was the wife of Timothy Edward Driscoll, who predeceased her in 1952.
She attended GlenWild School and graduated from Monticello High School. As a young woman Dot worked in her cousin Arthur Calkin’s Soda Shop in Glen Wild and she also worked for her Aunt Pearl Rice in the Rock Hill Post Office. She was the first waitress in Gager’s Diner in Monticello. She would want you to know that in 1936 she and her sister, Ethel, traveled to Miami Beach, FL on election night and spent the winter there working in the Lindberg Coffee Shop as waitresses. To complete her work years, Dot was appointed as Postmaster of the Kauneonga Lake Post Ofice in 1945 by President Harry Truman, after her husband was unable to fill that position. She retired in 1976, at the age of 65, after 31 _ years of serving the public. She was an encouragement to many people as she greeted each and every one with a friendly smile and a kind word.
Because of Mom’s love for people and her town, she has always been active in her church and community activities. She was a member of the Ladies Volunteer Auxiliary of the Kauneonga Lake Fire Company; the Knitting Club; the Bethelites (Home Extension); Community United Methodist Church of Kauneonga Lake, where she worked with the youth, the Women’s Group and was Treasurer for many, many years. Mom was also one of the original members of the MOB (Mothers of Bethel) for the Ambulance Corps and she was a member the White Lake School PTA; Sullivan County Christian Womens Club and Womens Aglow Fellowship. After her retirement, Mom was part of the Town of Bethel Senior Citizens and volunteered for 24 years(from the age of 65 to 89) as Coordinator for the Protestant Worship Services for patients at Walnut Mt. Nursing Home and also for the Office of the Aging. She was a member of the Liberty Free Methodist Church. She was the Town of Bethel Citizen of the Year and was recently honored as the oldest citizen of the Town of Bethel during the Bicentennial Celebration.
Dot is survived by her two daughters, Marjory Foster and her husband John of Kauneonga Lake and Marilyn Richardson and her companion Gus Ortega of Exeter, NH; her granddaughters, April Siegel and her husband Joseph, Joy Goode and her husband Karl and Faith Ann Foster; grandsons, Dylan and Lance Richardson; great-grandchildren, Hunter Siegel, Ryan and Karlee Anne Goode and Chad Foster and many loving nieces and nephews.
Her brother Herbert Bowers and sisters, Mildred Burns, Ethel Perthou, Thelma Philips, and Margaret (Peggy) Golden predeceased her.
Visitation will be on today Friday, October 2, 2009 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty.
A Celebration of her life will take place at the Liberty Free Methodist Church, 2 Par Rd. Liberty, on Saturday October 3, 2009 at 11 AM with Rev. Allen Wachter officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Monticello, NY. Family and friends are invited to the Kauneonga Lake Fire House following the burial.
As per Dot’s request, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to her favorite organizations: The Light and Life Christian School, 2 Par Rd., Liberty, NY 12754 and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes Inc.Liberty, NY.