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Dorothy Derby Sammons


1921 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
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Dorothy Derby Sammons

1921 - 2015 LENOX -- Dorothy Derby Sammons, 93, of 235 Walker Street, formerly of Williams Street in Pittsfield, died August 5, 2015. Born in Cambridge, MA, on August 27, 1921, daughter of Professor Jesse Raymond and Frances Gertrude Derby, she was educated in local schools there and in Scotland, England, and Iowa, and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Occupational Therapy. A civilian employee of the U.S. Army during World War II, Dorothy was stationed at the requisitioned Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia, where she served as an occupational therapist for returning soldiers in the founding generation of that profession. She married James E. Sammons of Columbus, Ohio, on June 12, 1944. After the war, Dorothy and Jim raised four children in Columbus, Schenectady, and Pittsfield. She was an active member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, where she was a member and clerk of the vestry, editor of the church newsletter, parish librarian and archivist, served on many social action committees, and sang in local community choruses. She found great joy in English literature, classical music, modern art, travel, gardening, and life in the Berkshires. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She leaves three sons, David J. Sammons (Rebecca) of Gainesville, FL, Gregory P. Sammons (Margaret) of Dayton, Ohio, and Mark J. Sammons (David Scott Allen) of Tucson, AZ; a daughter, Carol D. Kuo (Justin) of Brookline, MA; a sister, Eleanor Saunders of Dayton, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Requiem Eucharist in celebration of Dorothy's life will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Pittsfield. The celebrant will be the Rev. Cricket Cooper. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Memorial Fund at St. Stephen's Church, 67 East Street, Pittsfield 01201 or to HospiceCare in the Berkshires, Inc., 877 South Street, Suite 1W, Pittsfield 01201.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 6, 2015
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