Dorothy Shortall McWilliams, age 82, passed away in her Delray Beach FL home on March 5th, 2013, in the company of her family. Dorothy, formerly of Norwell MA and Minot Beach MA was born in Boston on January 19th, 1931 to James Patrick and Catherine Lillian Shortall. She is survived by her four children; Gayle Oglesby and her husband Norman of Middleburg, FL, Kerry Gavin and her husband David of Haverhill, MA, Robert McWilliams and his wife Gigi of Scituate, MA, and Paul McWilliams of Delray Beach FL, as well as her four grandchildren, Jeffrey, Josh, Julia and Alyssa. Dorothy is also survived by her brothers Robert Shortall of Hanover, MA and Paul Shortall and his wife Donna of Bangor ME, as well as her sister-in-law Rose Shortall of Hanover MA. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Dorothy was preceded in death by her sister Rita Shortall, her brother James Buddy Shortall and her sister-in-law, Lyda Shortall. Dorothy, who worked for Verizon for many years, will be remembered most for her terrific sense of humor and her ability to make fast and lasting friends wherever she went. She had a great love for life and for people, especially the very young and the very old. She was an avid knitter, making Teddy Bear sweaters for the many children that she befriended, knitting more than two thousand such sweaters over the years. She also made many handsome afghans for family and friends. These lovingly crafted afghans will long be cherished. A recent greeting card sent to Dorothy by a dear friend rings simple and true. It reads, A good friend is like a good chocolate; quality ingredients, nothing artificial and always appreciated. It is an apt summary of a warm and generous soul who will be sorely missed by many. Although an ardent pacifist, Dorothy has long contributed money to many various Veterans organizations. Her deepest sympathies were with the many soldiers who are severely wounded and disabled in the course of combat. Donations in her name can be made to The Wounded Warrior Project.org.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger from Mar. 9 to Mar. 11, 2013