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Dorothy Hamlin Garand

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FLORENCE, S.C. -- Dorothy Hamlin Garand, 74, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, at her home after an illness.

Mrs. Garand was born in Burlington, Vt., the daughter of the late Trefle and Margaret Hamlin. She was one of nine children. She attended Cathedral High School in Burlington. Dot was a homemaker and a parishioner at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Florence.

In addition to her husband, Ed Garand, to whom she was married for 50 years, Dot is survived by eight children, James C. (Pam Monroe) Garand of Baton Rouge, La., Judy (Larry) Dushane of Temperance, Mich., Nancy (Rick) Watts, Laurie Garand Hyman, Joe (Karyn) Garand, all of Easley, Janey (Mark) Brandis, Jon (Faye) Garand and Bob (Melanie) Garand, all of Florence; four brothers, Jim (Joan) Hamlin of Maynard, Mass., Don (Helen) Hamlin of Clinton, N.Y., Leon (Jan) Hamlin of Essex Junction, Vt., Paul (Annett) Hamlin of Middlebury, Vt.; 17 grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Ginny Hamlin of Winooski, Vt. and Lucy Theine of Manawa, Wisc.; brother-in-law, Paul Hayes of Colchester, Vt.; maternal aunt, Lena Moquine of Indian Orchard, Mass.; and more than 50 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Bob Hamlin, Hank Hamlin and Charles Hamlin and a sister, Mary Anne Hayes.

Dot was noted for her giving nature, which was reflected in her charitable work, including helping to organize the Welcome Mat Club in the early 1970s and the first bike-a-thon for cystic fibrosis. She gave her time and talents to make Easter and Christmas crafts for nursing home residents for the past 14 years and made Christmas ornaments for Make-A-Wish children for the past four years. She helped organize events for the senior citizens club and she was involved in numerous other projects benefiting children, seniors and the homeless. Her dedication to the work of her church was recognized when she received the 1986 St. Anthony’s parish woman of the year award.

Dot was a devoted wife and mother, and her love of family is seen not only in her eight children, their spouses, and her 17 grandchildren, but in her numerous “adopted” children whose lives were touched such that they were honored to call her “Mom.”

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the Florence National Cemetery directed by Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the “Saturday Parking Lot Mission” in care of St. Anthony Catholic Church, 2536 West Hoffmeyer Road, Florence, SC 29501.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 1, 2005
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