EAST MONTPELIER - Dorothy "Dottie" Kate Keough, 74, of East Montpelier, passed away Nov. 2, 2013, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, surrounded by her family.
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Born in Worcester, Mass., Feb. 25, 1939, she was the daughter of Harold C. and Jeannette (Bonenfant) Wood. She lived in Massachusetts until the age of 5. At that time her family moved to Wolcott, Vt., where she grew up with her two brothers and sister. Dorothy attended Wolcott Elementary School, and graduated from People's Academy in Morrisville in 1958.
On June 4, 1962, she married Ernest "Chuck" Keough in Montpelier, Vt. There they resided for a few years. In 1967, they bought a home in East Montpelier, where they raised their seven children and lived for the past 46 years.
Dorothy was a dedicated mother and homemaker and was loved by all who knew her. She had an infectious smile and laugh. She had a love for opera music, as she could sing opera herself. She loved watching figure skating, Elvis Presley, the color purple and spending time working on her favorite puzzles. Most of all, the countless talks with her lifelong best friend, Leana Keough, and she loved having her family around her. That was the most important thing to her.
Dorothy leaves behind her husband of 51 years, Ernest "Chuck" Keough of East Montpelier; four sons, Michael Keough of East Montpelier, daughter-in-law, Judy Brewster of Barre, Jeffrey Keough of East Montpelier, Patrick Keough of East Montpelier, and Steven Keough of East Montpelier; three daughters, Diane Shute and her companion, Tony Struffolino of Queensbury, N.Y., Mary Smith and husband, Dana Smith Sr. of Groton, Vt., and Rose Keough and her companion, Chester Barnett of Barre, Vt.; a sister, Nancy Vanat of Westfield, Vt.; a cousin, Ronald Bonenfant and spouse, Richard Bonenfant of West Warwick, R.I.; her lifelong friend, Leana Keough of Montpelier; 16 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Dorothy is predeceased by her parents; two brothers, Paul and Gordon Wood; and a granddaughter, Lisa Marie Kennison.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at the Guare & Sons Funeral Home. A committal service will immediately follow at the Doty Cemetery in East Montpelier. After the service and burial, friends and family will gather for a reception at the VFW Post 792 in Montpelier.
Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.
Published in Times Argus on Nov. 6, 2013