Dorothy E. Yates

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WINDSOR - Dorothy Ellen (Willcox) Yates, 95, died Dec. 25, 2010, at Cedar Hill Health Care Center in Windsor.

She was born Oct. 22, 1915, in Montpelier, the daughter of Julius A. and Annie M. (Brown) Willcox.

She attended schools in Montpelier and Ludlow, graduated from Rutland High School and then Columbia School of Dental Hygiene in New York City, and attended New York University.

She worked in a private dental practice in New York City before her marriage to H. Powell "Pat" Yates in New York City on Dec. 7, 1935. They resided in Mount Vernon and Valley Stream, N.Y., before moving to Babylon, N.Y., where they raised their three children. She worked as a hygienist in the Babylon school system.

Beginning in the summers of the early 1940s, she brought her children to camp at the Coolidge State Park in Plymouth. In 1948, she was given a family ancestral home in Plymouth, where she continued to stay in the summers until she was unable to care for herself. Following her husband's retirement in 1962, they spent their summers in Plymouth and wintered in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. Her husband predeceased her in 1993.

Mrs. Yates enjoyed talking about her genealogy and her connection to the original settlers of Plymouth - the Browns, the Taylors and the Coolidges. Her grandparents' "Brown Farm" is still a part of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation. She volunteered for many years at the church at the foundation, where she gave tours.

She was a member of DAR and the Moore Pond Association, and was a master bridge player.

Survivors include a son, William S. Yates of Windsor; a daughter, Mariam P. "Nene" (Yates) Matthews of Alamo, Calif.; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 13 nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, D. Ellen Yates in 1998; two sisters, Marion E.(Willcox) Patterson and Joanne B. (Willcox) Martin; and a brother, Edwin James "Jim" Willcox.

A memorial service is planned for the summer of 2011.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Coolidge Homestead in Plymouth.
Published in Rutland Herald from Dec. 29, 2010 to Jan. 1, 2011