TURKINGTON, Dorothy E. Dewar Of Brewster, MA, died peacefully in her sleep on Monday, November 14, 2016. She was the wife of the late William E. Turkington. Born May 13, 1917 in Seattle Washington, she graduated Foster H.S. in 1935 and received a B.S. in Nursing from University of Washington in 1940. Upon graduation she served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps from 1941-1946. She trained at Ft. Rucker in Alabama where she met William Turkington. After serving in Army hospitals as a general duty nurse stateside, she went to the Army Nurses Field School in England in 1943 leaving as a Surgery Nurse. In April 1944 the 53rd Army deployed out on troop ship NY 515-Queen Elizabeth liner to Scotland. July 7, 1944 the 53rd Field Hospital crossed the English Channel to Omaha Beach. She was 1 of 25 nurses who established the first U.S. Army Field Hospital HQ and 3 Hospitalization Units near the front lines of Carentan, France on August 6, 1944, following D-Day. The now 1st Lieutenant was awarded the American Defense Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, Victory Ribbon and the European African Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon with one Bronze Star. |
Upon completion of her War duties, Dorothy and William were wed in New York City February 23, 1946. After living in Jamaica Plain the couple moved to Braintree and resided for 25 years. Besides being a busy housewife raising three children, Dorothy was an active member of the community participating in many organizations including Braintree Philergians and Order of the Eastern Star - Braintree chapter 167. A member of First Congregational Church Braintree with numerous activities including the "Co-Workers" club. In later years she also worked for and contributed to the Visiting Nurse Association.
Dorothy is survived by two daughters, Emily from Brookline and Gail from Connecticut and one son James from Raynham; and three grandsons. Mrs. Turkington enjoyed cooking, knitting, sewing and braiding rugs.
Her visitation will be held from 1pm to 2pm followed by her memorial service at 2pm. In the Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA .
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hope Hospice of Cape Cod.
Burial will be private. For online condolences, please visit
Published in The Boston Globe on Nov. 18, 2016