SPRING HILL, FL. - Dorothy J. (Crimmings) Richardson, 81, died Monday, March 3, 2014, at Bay Front Hospital in Spring Hill, after a brief illness. She was surrounded by loved ones when she passed away.
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Dorothy was the daughter of Robert and Marian (Anderson) Crimmings. Born May 8, 1932 in Athol, MA, her family moved to Greenfield when Dorothy was very young. She graduated from Greenfield High School in 1950.
Dorothy was an educator for over 30 years. In 1968, she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and in 1973 her Master's Degree in Education, both from American International College in Springfield, Mass. She taught business courses at Turners Falls High School from 1968-1970. Then she taught at Mohawk Trail Regional High School from 1970-1994.
Dorothy became a knowledgeable computer teacher when computers first became integrated into public education. After retiring from Mohawk, she continued to teach Adult Computer Education classes at Greenfield Community College.
She served as a department head at Mohawk from 1980-1994. She served as Treasurer for the MTRHS Teachers Association from 1974-1993, represented the Association as Chair of Negotiations, and was Assistant Treasurer for the Mary Lyon Education fund starting in 1993. She served as treasurer of Huntington Green Condominium Assn., where she lived from 1992, until she moved to Florida in October of 2013. Dorothy was most proud of her volunteer work at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield where she accumulated over 2,767 hours in the oncology department.
She loved to travel and while still teaching participated in many trips with Mohawk, including trips to France, Russia, Italy, the former Yugoslavia, New Zealand and Australia. In later years, she went on several cruises with friends and family, including Alaska and Mexico.
She also enjoyed cross stitch. She made individual cross stitches for all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren based on their various interests. She won awards for her work at the Franklin County Fair, including the golden scissors award one year. Her work included Christmas stockings, an Elvis pillow, a black Labrador, a German Shepard, many cats, and a copy of Starry, Starry Night by Van Gogh.
Survivors of Dorothy include her husband, Donald S. Richardson of Shelburne, and four children, sons, H. Russell Richardson and Paula from Arnoldsburg, West Virginia, James T. and his wife Nancy; daughters, Juanita Epiceno and her husband Sabino and Donna Fitzpatrick and her husband Jim, all from Shelburne. Dorothy also leaves nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service at Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014, with a reception to follow at Trinity Church. Burial will be at Hill Cemetery in Shelburne in the spring.
Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home Inc
40 Church St Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Published in The Recorder on Mar. 12, 2014