DEERFIELD - Dorothy Mary Meola passed away peacefully on Jan. 5, 2013 into the hands of our Almighty Father at the age of 102.
She was born Dorothy Mary Stevens, Sept. 19, 1910, the daughter of John R. and Flora (Jordan) Stevens of North Stratford, N.H.
She enjoyed a happy childhood with her sister and two brothers living in a rural town of northern New Hampshire. She and her siblings all attended the University of New Hampshire while working to pay a semester for each.
Dorothy transferred to Plymouth College in Plymouth, N.H., and graduated in 1933 with a degree in elementary education. Her first position was teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Strafford Hollow, NH. Her humorous stories of that experience have been favorites of our family. Dorothy also taught at Wellesley, Watertown, South Deerfield Elementary and the Old Deerfield Elementary School, Deerfield, where she was head teacher.
Dorothy was awarded the Amelia Earhart Award for ""Most Outstanding Woman of America"" in 1932 by Ellis A. Gimbel of the famed department stores. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society and the International Honor Society for women educators. She enjoyed being a member of the Board of Organized Workers (BOOW), associated with the Franklin County Public Hospital in Greenfield. After retirement, she worked in the library at Deerfield Academy as a librarian assistant.
Her special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary was manifested in her volunteer work with the Sodality of Mary. In the spring of 2011, she received the ""Golden Cane Award"" for being the oldest living person in Deerfield. She received a proclamation from the town selectmen and was celebrated by family and friends.
Aside from Dorothy's lifetime achievements, she will mostly be remembered for her sense of style, meticulous appearance and her friendly and compassionate personality. Dorothy was an avid reader, particularly of historically-based novels and prose and poetry. She would frequently quote verse when the appropriate situation arose.
She was a devoted mother to her only son Jim, his wife Maria, and their sons. Her grandsons, Jimmy and Patrick, gave her joyous moments for family visits in Deerfield, Lincroft, NJ, and Kennebunkport, ME.
Her sense of humor was an energy that family and friends enjoyed. She was well respected in Old Deerfield from all who knew her and whose children's lives she touched. This was evident at the Old Deerfield Grammar School Reunion in 2008, where many former students and parents lined up to greet her. She will be sorely missed by many.
She was predeceased by her husbands, Wallace H. Pulsifer, Edward M. Mullevey and Benjamin V. Meola; her sister, Barbara R. Strong, and her brothers, Jesse Stevens and Edward Stevens.
She is survived by her devoted and loving son, James A. Mullevey and his wife Maria of Red Bank, NJ; her loving grandsons, James A. Mullevey III and his wife Megan of Pipersville, PA, and Patrick F. Mullevey and his wife Jessica of Lincroft, NJ. She is also survived by her three beautiful great-grandchildren, James A. Mullevey IV, Gavin Watts Mullevey and Jacqueline Kate Mullevey, who all called her ""GG"" for Great Grandmother. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews who referred to her as Aunt Dot.
Visiting hours will be held Friday, Jan. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wrisley Funeral Home in South Deerfield.
A memorial funeral Mass will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in Holy Family Church, South Deerfield. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy available at: www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com