LACONIA - Dorothy Johnsen Lovett, 85, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at the Belknap County Nursing Home in Laconia.
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She was born in Lynn, Mass., on Dec. 20, 1924, the youngest daughter of Anton (from Halden, Norway) and Johannah (Christensen) Johnsen (from Maribo, Denmark).
Dorothy graduated from Lynn English High School and attended Union College in Kentucky and Tufts Summer Theater. She married the Rev. Miller C. Lovett in 1946.
Dorothy was active in Methodist Church youth groups and many other parts of the church throughout her youth and marriage.
Dotty painted in watercolors and oils, kept a garden of flowers and vegetables, and was active in Laconia's Streetcar Company. She loved music, knitting and baking for her family, and had a special love of the ocean and the beaches of Rockport, Mass. She took enormous pleasure in her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, from childhood and on as they grew.
She leaves a legacy of memories and photographs of apple picking, holidays and the joys of everyday life. She was proud of her Scandinavian heritage and when in her 70s, made a visit to her father's home in Norway and her mother's home in Denmark.
Later in life, after her diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, Dotty remarkably continued to share her happiness through her plentiful smiles and sunny personality.
Dorothy was predeceased by her sisters, Louise and Priscilla.
Surviving are her former husband and friend, Miller Lovett; four children, daughters Anne Lovett of Tacoma, Wash., Celeste Lovett of Moultonborough, Rebecca Lovett and her husband John Dunn of Bowdoinham, Maine; and son, Peter Lovett and his wife Maritza of Virginia; grandchildren, Christine (Lovett) Roz, Erin and Rory Lovett Sherman, Jessica and Ian Dunn, Nichole, Johannah, Carrilyn and Josiah Lovett, Erich and Maria Katterine Kottke; great-grandchildren Jacob Roz, Myles Belove, Jazmine, Jordan, and Julian Neal; much-loved nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, from 5-8 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Pleasant Street entrance. Funeral services will be held at the Laconia Congregational Church, 18 Veterans Square, Laconia, on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at 2 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Warren H. Bouton, pastor of the church, will officiate. Spring burial will be at the Center Harbor Memorial Park, Center Harbor.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Belknap County Nursing Home Activities Fund, 30 County Drive, Laconia NH 03246. or to the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, PO Box 312, Rockport MA 01966.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is in charge of the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com
Published in Citizen from Dec. 26 to Dec. 29, 2009