Dorothy Paige

Stonington - Dorothy (Purdy) Paige, 92, a local artist, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by her loving family on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.

She was born July 14, 1920, in Rochester, N.Y., the daughter of Marshall Arthur Purdy and Hazel (Murray) Purdy.

The late Dr. Alexander Purdy of Mystic was her grandfather. Her grandmother, Carrie Kingsley Purdy, a school teacher, was the niece of the Kingsley brothers, John and Arthur of England, who introduced the first woolen carding machine to New England mills. Ancestors on both sides of her family were Revolutionary War participants.

After graduating from Williams Memorial Institute in 1938, she attended New York University, SUNY at Purchase, and the Sorbonne in Paris.

Dorothy and Rodney G. Paige were married in 1944, in San Francisco, where she was employed by the Holland America Line. She resided in both the Groton/New London area and the Larchmont/Mamaroneck, N.Y. area, where she was employed as a commercial color stylist, retiring in 1985, back to Connecticut in the Stonington/Mystic area and still active in tennis, golf, and sailing.

Dorothy was a prolific painter and an active volunteer in the area at the Mystic Art Center, Mystic Seaport, and the Mystic/Noank Library.

She is survived by her son, Marshall A. Paige and his wife, Diane, of Mumford Cove; two daughters, Hildy P. Burns of San Francisco, and Darcy Paige and her husband, Thomas Thiers, of Melrose, Mass.; four grandchildren, Jennifer Burns of San Francisco, Christopher Burns of Santa Monica, Calif., Paige Zaferiou of San Francisco, and Zoe Zaferiou of Melrose, Mass. She is also survived by her sister, Natalie P. Robinson of Waterford; as well as treasured nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In advance of her passing, Dorothy made arrangements to donate her body to Yale Medical School. Her remains will be returned to the family and then interred at the Purdy Family Plot at Cedar Grove Cemetery in New London, sometime in 1213.

A memorial service will be planned in the near future for family and friends.

Remembrances may be directed to the Mystic Art Center or Hospice Southeastern Connecticut.

Published in The Day on Nov. 18, 2012