Dorothy Fletcher (Edwards) Jarvis

Dorothy Fletcher (Edwards) Jarvis
formerly of Littleton, MA; 70

Dorothy, also known as Dottie and Dot, passed away on January 21st after a long and very hard fought battle with cancer. Born in Ayer on October 18th, 1942 to the late Virginia (Fletcher) and Franklin Edwards, Dottie grew up in Littleton, MA with her siblings, Virginia Sibley of Bedford, and the late Franklin Edwards Jr.

After raising her children all on her own; Donna Hampson, Daniel Jarvis, and Michael Jarvis, she moved to New Smyrna Beach, Florida to be with her companion Jack McNiff. Dot was a Women of the Moose International and Eagles Club member where she worked part time. She also worked for a time at Daytona International Speedway. Dottie enjoyed many happy years in her Florida home she loved and worked so hard to create.

Dot enjoyed life to the fullest; she liked seeing the mountains, camping at Salisbury Beach, Bourne Scenic Park on Cape Cod, visiting friends in Rhode Island, and camping on the Cape Canaveral National Seashore in Florida. She loved flowers of all kinds with the iris and carnation being favorites; she created a flower garden wherever she called home which always included bird feeders. She especially liked cardinals and blue jays. Dot enjoyed morning walks on the beach near her home. She was a fan of educational TV programs such as the History, Discovery, and Animal Planet channels. She enjoyed having animal companions and opened her heart to their needs also by rescuing a needy dog that a Florida shelter was about to euthanize, and two kittens from a dumpster that live with her daughter.

Dottie made friends easily; people were drawn to her kindness and funny spirit. She was a trooper and made the most of any situation that came her way. Dot was the kind of person who would give you her last dollar, even if it meant she would have to go without. Despite fighting her own serious illness, and taking care of her disabled companion, she reached out to help lonely Florida neighbors through their final illness and hours.

Dottie was an expert knitter and crocheter creating many beautiful works of arts in her afghans such as the American flag, holiday themed creations, and beautiful bedding, along with purses, scarves, hats, mittens, and slippers that she made with love and care for her family and friends. In earlier days, she created gorgeous holiday wreaths from scratch, walking in nearby woods to hand pick the best pine cones. We will all treasure these gifts, and the gift of her love and friendship.

Dorothy is also survived by five grandchildren, Kristin, Lauren and Jonathan, and Bret and Brittany, three nephews, four nieces, daughter-in-law Sandra Jarvis, life-long friend Carol Gionet, Karen Beaulieu (son Michael's partner), and many other special family and friends. Dottie's presence is, and will forever be, very missed by her children, and all those who love her.

JARVIS -- Please consider a donation in lieu of flowers or plants made in her honor to Kitty Care, 59 Atherton Street, Ayer, MA 01432, or a . Please also join us for a memorial gathering in her honor at Badger Funeral Home, 357 King Street, Littleton, MA on Saturday, February 2nd, from 2-4 PM.

Published in Nashoba Publishing on Feb. 1, 2013