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Dorothy M. (Davis) Warner

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. --Dorothy M. (Davis) Warner, widow of Edward M. Warner, died Tuesday, July 27, 2004, in Emerald Health Care Center in Port St. Lucie. She was 93. The nurse, homemaker and avid reader was a longtime resident of South Branch Street in Bennington.

Mrs. Warner was born on Oct. 1, 1910, the daughter of the late Jay Davis and Eva Sylvester Davis of Enosburg Falls, Vt. She grew up on the family farm and received her early education in Enosburg Falls public schools before being graduated from Brigham Academy in Bakersfield, Vt. She went on to graduate as a registered nurse from the Fannie Allen Hospital School of Nursing in Colchester, Vt. She remained an active member of the Fannie Allen Alumni Association throughout her life.

Mrs. Warner was introduced to husband “Ned” by his sister, Marion Warner Heekin, a lifelong Bennington resident, after the two women met in nurse’s training at Fannie Allen Hospital. Dorothy moved to Bennington and she and Ned married at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church on Dec. 3, 1932. Together, they raised four children. Mrs. Warner was a tireless caretaker. She served as an RN at the Putnam Memorial Hospital (now Southwestern Vermont Medical Center), the Crescent Manor Nursing Home and in private duty.

Mr. Warner was known as a practical joker and often times amused his family with foolish pranks much to his wife’s feigned disbelief. After a series of strokes left him physically incapacitated, Mrs. Warner cared for him at home until his death in 1981. She proceeded to care for elderly patients in her home until she retired in 1990.

Mrs. Warner was a great reader of both fiction and nonfiction books. When not reading, she could be found mending, crocheting or working a crossword puzzle. She also enjoyed Scrabble. Her passion, though, was her family, and she spent as much time as possible with her own children and later her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Following her retirement, she relocated from Bennington with her daughter and son-in-law, first to Ellington, Conn., then Key Largo, and ultimately Port St. Lucie. Failing health prompted her move to the Emerald Health Care Center earlier this year.

Mrs. Warner leaves her daughter, Carol A. Doran, of Port St. Lucie, and two sons, John E. Warner of Bennington, Vt. and William D. Warner of Melrose, Mass. She was predeceased by a daughter, Nancy Warner Folino of North Adams, Mass.; two brothers, Wilder and Herman Davis and a sister, Lerion Davis Fields, all of northern Vermont. She also leaves six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, at 10 a.m. with a prayer and from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church at 10:30 a.m., where the liturgy of Christian death and burial will be offered.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. when the family will be in attendance.

Burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery.

Contributions in Dorothy M. Warner’s memory may be made to either the Second Chance Animal Shelter or the Key Largo Animal Shelter through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 29, 2004
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