Dorothy (Heggan) Abrams, a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died peacefully with her children by her side on Sept. 7, 2013, after a courageous battle on life support. Sudden illness took her rapidly as she was placed in the South Jersey Healthcare, now known as Inspira Medical Center Vineland.
Born during the Great Depression on Nov. 8, 1931, and raised in Winslow Township, Dorothy started work at an early age on her family's farm. Later in life she worked as a sales clerk, waitress and seamstress. Once retired, she worked as a security guard for the Jaycee Plaza high-rise, where she resided for 20 years.
Those who knew her can admit that her favorite job was being a mother and homemaker. Having raised eight children in the town of Atco and proud of each and every one, she was constantly catering to their needs by just being there for them. Mrs. Abrams had a great sense of humor; even during her last dying days, she loved to make people laugh. She enjoyed playing the piano, singing, sewing and knitting. Along with those, she was an avid bingo player. Dorothy was famous for making the best cheesecake and pumpkin pie.
Mrs. Abrams is survived by her children, Phyllis Ann Hicks, Dorothy S. Willson and Thomas B. Abrams, all of Cumberland County; 10 grandchildren in Orlando, Fla., and 20 other grandchildren residing here in New Jersey; a sister, Audrey Leadly and husband James Leadly; and a brother, Wayne Heggan of Waterford Works. Predeceased are children Lewis, Ervin, David, Susan and Billie Jo.
Relatives and close friends of the family are invited to attend Dorothy's memorial service at noon Saturday at the Barr Funeral Home, 2104 E. Main St., Millville. Visitation with the family will be from 11 a.m. to noon. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made in memory of Dorothy Abrams to the National
A private burial will take place at a later date. Memories and expressions of sympathy for Dorothy Abrams may be shared on the website at www.barrfuneralhome.net.