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BENNINGTON -- Dorothy Ann Carroll, 70, died on Nov. 26, 2006, at home surrounded by her devoted and loving family, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Her family celebrates that she is now in her eternal home with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Born in Bennington on May 20, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Robert James Pilling and Mildred (North) Pilling.

She received her education at Saint Francis de Sales Academy, Bennington High School (Class of 1954) and furthered her education through many banking courses, receiving several degrees in ANB and ABA courses. She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church.

Dorothy married Donald Carroll at Saint Francis de Sales in October of 1954.

The marriage ended in divorce. Born of this marriage were four children who survive; Michael and Eliza Carroll of Spring Hill, Fla., Richard Carroll and his fiance, Diana Leazer, Timothy J. Carroll and Angela Griffin and her partner, Paul Cummings, all of Bennington. She later married Clifton “Skip” Loomis who died in 1993.

She became a loving step-mother to his children, Tina Santas, Jeffrey, Vanessa Russ, and Clifton Jr. who also survive; as do her beloved grandchildren, Matthew Carroll, Whitney and Noah Carroll, Chloe, Hannah and Jordan Griffin and Amelia Cummings; her siblings, Robert E. Pilling and his wife Eleanor, Margaret Hoyt and her husband, Theodore, and Joanne Dunham; her many nieces and nephews, and a special friend Mary Pat Racicot.

Dorothy was first employed as a secretary at Bennington College, then at CVPSC.

She started her banking career with First Vermont Bank in 1959 as a teller/safety deposit clerk, advancing to the position of vice president in charge of the Bennington and Manchester operations, which she held when she retired. Dorothy was involved in many community activities. She held the position of treasurer for the American Cancer Society of Bennington County for 17 years; and was treasurer and a board member of Hospice of Bennington County for six years. She was president of the Business and Professional Women Club for two terms, president and charter member of the Precious Moments Club that donated funds for terminally ill children; the recipient of several banking awards, the Loving, Caring and Sharing Award from the PM Club, and others.

She was also a founding and charter member of the now defunct Mount Anthony Lioness Club. She served on the Diversion Board. She also served as a Justice of the Peace and performed many marriages and civil unions. Dorothy was known for her love of sewing and quilting and making costumes for her grandchildren for Halloween and school plays. She loved gardening, crossword puzzles, and redecorating her home. But most of all she enjoyed spending time with her children and beloved grandchildren. She had many friends and enjoyed outings and spending time with them. Over the past few years she has spent time traveling with friends and family in Hawaii, Florida, California, Colorado, Arizona, Las Vegas and the east and west coasts.

She also enjoyed a trip to Ireland and a trip to Italy with her family, which they planned for her in November of 2005. A highlight of the trip was attending Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, where she was escorted to a front row seat. She found the blessings she received both inside and outside the Vatican to be a humbling experience.

Dorothy will be remembered for her devotion to her family, her many friends, for her kindness to others, her incredible smile, and her loving and caring nature.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. with a prayer and then from Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church at 11 a.m. where the Mass of Resurrection will be offered. The burial will take place in the family lot in the Old Bennington Catholic Cemetery on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 4 to 8 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to either the Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church Tower Restoration Fund or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 27, 2006
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