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Dorothy J. Crawford Willis

Dorothy J. Crawford Willis
  • September 20, 1926 - January 8, 2016
  • Ellington, Connecticut

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“I only knew Dot through stories of her caretaker, Bettie-Jeanne Rivard Darby. I know that Bettie-Jeanne cares for Dot very much, and took very good...Read More »
1 of 52 | Posted by: Arlene Deoretsky - Glastonbury, CT

“Although I have never met Dot, I loved the photos, and the beautiful tribute that her dear friend and care taker Bettie-Jeanne had of her. My sincere...Read More »
2 of 52 | Posted by: Dona Flores

“I knew Dot through Betty Jeanne. She wrote about her and posted pictures on Facebook.. she sounded like someone I would have enjoyed knowing...Read More »
3 of 52 | Posted by: Charlene Williams - Cromwell, CT

“Even though I have never physically met Dot, I will miss seeing the pics of those special moments shared with Bettie-Jeanne, Jim and Holly. You could...Read More »
4 of 52 | Posted by: Teresa McCall - Avon, CT

“I remember first meeting you at the court house plus line dance classes with Bettie. You loved dancing. I remember the smile you had on your face...Read More »
5 of 52 | Posted by: Elizabeth Vietts - Coventry, CT

“Dot was an inspiration over the years, with her adventures related by Bettie-Jeanne bringing smiles and sorrow. May she find rest eternal and bring...Read More »
6 of 52 | Posted by: Ernest

“Although I never got a chance to meet Dot in this lifetime I think I would have truly enjoyed her. All of the stories that I have seen Bette-Jeanne...Read More »
7 of 52 | Posted by: dee herchuk - enfield, CT

“Along with Bettie Jeanne I was one of Dot's line dance instructors throughout the years. It didn't matter where she was as long as she could dance. ...Read More »
8 of 52 | Posted by: Sarah Preston - Vernon, CT

“Forever "My Dot".I will hold my promise to keep sharing your stories.Thank youfor dubbing me "your best friend".I love you, too. Always.To OurDotsie...Read More »
9 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

“So sorry for your loss. Marcia Hesse ”
10 of 52 | Posted by: Marcia Hesse - Ellington, CT

Richie Metnik, who supplied some of her favorite dance music at ESC dances
11 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

giving a kiss to a dummy! Literally!
12 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

MY DOT
13 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Norma Sullivan, Dotsie and Bettie-Jeanne at Aloha Party
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Dottie One and Dottie Two
17 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Allie Fielding with Dot on Dot's birthday at a car show, 2014
18 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Amelia, who took over Dot's Line Dance Class when Dot retired
19 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Got to love the hat!
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Friend for a million years, Fran
21 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

enjoying her beverage
22 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Our Dotsie
23 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

The annual beer
24 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Going Shopping
25 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Author and Friend, Peter Merry
26 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Line Dancing
27 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Having nonsense fun at Home Depot
28 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Dot's favorite dance partner, Neal.
29 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Neal and Dot at Rich and Trish's wedding
30 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Dot and her "borrowed Honey", Jim Darby
31 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

watching the DVD of her greatgrand son
32 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Riding around Home Depot
33 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Jayson Rivard-Darby and Dot
34 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Last  EllingtonSenior Center visit
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36 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

MY DOT!
37 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Loving FOOD!
38 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Dot and Holly
39 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

MY DOT!
40 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Friend Joanne Covey and Dot- singing Old Zip Coon
41 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Son Bob
42 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Dot's very beloved Family Next door- Rich, Trish, Brendon and Carling
43 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Getting to dance- more or less- with a man!
44 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

One of our favorites form Line Dance Class way back when
45 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Last  EllingtonSenior Center visit
46 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Last  EllingtonSenior Center visit
47 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Having Fun at the Senior Center (with Married men!)
48 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Dotsie and "HER" Holly
49 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Christmas 2015
50 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

MY DOTTIE ONE
51 of 52 | Posted by: Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

“With sympathy during this difficult time. ”
52 of 52 | Posted by: Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home - CT


Dorothy J. (Crawford) Willis, 89, of Ellington, died peacefully on January 8, 2016. Dorothy was born in Springfield, MA on September 20, 1926 to Thomas and Lillian Crawford. She grew up in Springfield and attended Commerce High School studying business administration. She worked as a bookkeeper and office assistant while raising three children in several different areas of the country. Dorothy married Robert N. Willis of Villa Rica, Georgia in 1942 while "Neal" was on military assignment at Westover Air Force Base during World War II. They enjoyed a 64 year marriage until Neal's passing in 2006. In their retirement years together, they especially enjoyed being "snow birds" with homes in Ellington and in Sarasota FL. Dorothy is survived by her three children: Robert N. Willis Jr. and wife Heidi of Ocala, FL, Christine N. Botting and husband Dave of Sun City Center, FL and Richard J. Willis and wife Trish of Ellington. She is additionally survived by seven grandchildren, Kevin Willis of Cumming, GA, Kim Panguito of Tolland, Keri Liles of Atlanta, GA, Matt Ellis of Ellington, Rebecca Ellis of Seattle, WA, and Brendon and Carling Willis of Ellington, and 9 great grandchildren. Dorothy was a member of the Rockville United Methodist Church and was an active member at the Ellington Senior Center right up until her death. Dorothy had many hobbies and areas of interest throughout her life that included gardening, music and dance. She was a talented seamstress, knitter and quilter with many of her beautiful creations adorning the homes of her family. In her retirement years, she enjoyed square dancing and line dancing, performing at many locations including The Big E. She also taught line dancing at the Ellington Senior Center for many years. She loved music, especially the old standards, show tunes and big band songs and could be heard humming or singing them at any time. She had an ever-present sense of humor that kept her family, friends, doctors, nurses and other health care providers laughing, even in her waning days. Dorothy's family would like to extend their deepest thanks to the several home health care professionals that loved and cared for "Dot" over the past few years, especially Bettie-Jeanne and Jim Darby whose dedication to Dot's health and happiness was very special. Her family will receive friends for memorial calling hours on Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home, 551 Talcottville Road (Route 83), Vernon followed by a memorial service beginning at 7 p.m. Committal service will be on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main Street, Agawam, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dot's name to the Ellington Senior Center or the Cornerstone Soup Kitchen.