PERRY, DOROTHY, 88
Gainesville - Dorothy Perry, a beloved figure in Gainesville's AA community, died quietly on February 11 at the age of 88. During her 25 years in Gainesville, Dorothy sponsored at least 50 women in the Alcoholics Anonymous program. She counseled many men, too, who came to her with their problems. Although her retirement income was low, Dorothy never had to worry about handyman services, car repairs, etc. Friends were delighted to volunteer. A pharmacist friend paid for her prescriptions for over 10 years.
Dorothy loved birds and kept her feeders stocked, but she battled squirrels continuously. Finally, an AA friend brought Havahart traps. When squirrels were trapped, he relocated them-50 at last count-to distant neighborhoods.
Raised in Missouri, Dorothy helped raise her four siblings. Woe to the bully who picked on them! Dorothy was ready with her fists. She carried this courage with her all her life. She is survived by three sons-Raymond, Mark and Jan (who lives in Gainesville). When Dorothy developed severe health problems in 2013, Jan and his partner Denise took her in and gave her around-the-clock care.
A memorial service to celebrate Dorothy's life will be held at 2 pm on March 16, 2014, at the Triangle Club--1005 SE Fourth Ave, Gainesville.
Published in Gainesville Sun from Mar. 5 to Mar. 6, 2014