Dorothy Cooke Merchant, 93, passed away on Monday, June 23, at her home in Greenwich, Connecticut. She was a lifelong resident of Greenwich, born on February 4, 1921 to Jennie Francis and George Bradford Cooke. The Cooke family settled in Greenwich in the 1860's. Before her retirement in the 1990s, Dorothy was a principal of Thomas N. Cooke Real Estate in Greenwich. She had grown up by the side of her uncle, Thomas Newbold Cooke, who founded the firm in 1899. As such, she developed a lifelong passion for real estate investments and projects. Dorothy graduated from Greenwich High School and Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts. She was involved in many Greenwich institutions as both a volunteer and supporter, including Greenwich Academy, the Red Cross, Greenwich Library and the Community Chest (precursor to The United Way). In addition, Dorothy was a longtime volunteer at Greenwich Hospital, and for many years, headed the Greenwich Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop. In her later years, Dorothy traveled extensively and spent her winters in Sarasota, Florida. Dorothy's first marriage to Neale M. Leary ended in divorce. She was widowed in her second marriage to Arthur C. Merchant, and for many years, was a caring and close companion to Elwood Wiendieck. She is survived by her daughter Jane Leary Schnitzer, of New York City and Nantucket, her two granddaughters, Annabel Noth of London, England and Eliza Gairard of New York City, and by two great-granddaughters, Lillian Noth and Eva Gairard. Dorothy's family was the joy of her life. The ease with which she lived, her humor, spirit and character were a gift to all. She was "true north", and will be deeply missed. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Greenwich Hospital Home Hospice Program. A memorial service will be held at 11a.m., Tuesday, July 1, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Bedford, New York.
Fred D Knapp & Son Funeral Home
267 Greenwich Ave. Greenwich, CT 06830
Published in GreenwichTime on June 29, 2014