MANCHESTER - Dorothy "Dot" Manning Gagnon, 88, of Manchester, passed away on Dec. 28, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.
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Dot was born on Oct. 2, 1925, in Manchester, the youngest child of Thomas and Susan Manning. She graduated from St. Joseph High School for Girls in 1944 and the N.H. School of Accounting and Finance in 1945. She was employed at John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company for 27 years.
In 1952, she married the love of her life, Russ Gagnon, a young Manchester firefighter. Together they raised their daughter and created a home filled with love and many cherished memories. Those memories remained the sustaining force in her life, following Russ' sudden death in 1972.
Dot was a loving wife, mother, and daughter whose family was the center of her life. She enjoyed an idyllic childhood growing up with her brothers and cousin, Elizabeth (Betty) Flanagan Gill, who was like a sister to her. She had special affection and love for Betty's children, Erin Lord, Capt. Sean Gill, USCG, and Shane Gill. Dot cherished her summers at the beach and holidays at home with family and friends. She dearly loved her Boston Terriers "Muffin" and "Biscuit" and often said that having a dog made a house truly a home. She will be forever remembered for her immaculate home, her lovely style of entertaining for holidays and special occasions and her deep devotion to her religion and family.
Dot is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Thomas Myers of Manchester; nephews, Thomas Manning and wife, Nancy, of Manchester, Francis Manning and wife, Joan, of Manchester, Donald Bisson and wife, Marsha, of Springhill, Fla.; nieces Kathleen Sullivan of Concord, Sandra Dyer and husband, Gerald, of North Fort Myers, Fla. Dot had a great love for all of her nephews, nieces and their families. She also leaves two beloved cousins, Edward Flanagan and Edna Flanagan, both of Manchester.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by three brothers, Thomas Manning Jr., Francis Manning, and William Manning, her niece Susan Manning Harris and her great-nephew Thomas Sullivan.
The family would like to thank the staff of Courville at Manchester for their many kindnesses and compassionate care during the final years of Dot's life.
services: Calling hours at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., corner of North Street, will be Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday in St. Anne-St. Augustin Church at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bedford.
Donations may be made in her memory to the Monastery of the Precious Blood, 700 Bridge St., Manchester, 03104.
To send an online message of condolence, go to www.lambertfuneralhome.com.
Published in Union Leader on Dec. 31, 2013
Lambert Funeral Home
1799 Elm Street Manchester, NH 03104