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PELTON, DOROTHY B.: longtime resident of Waterford; died after period of decline from Alzheimer's disease on December 20, 2012; at the age of 80. Born Dorothy Jeanette Branaman on August 17, 1932 in Lansing, Michigan. Married in 1954 to Maurice Pelton, and is survived by their three sons, Gary (Rebecca), Donald (Kelly), and Eric (Connie); nine grandchildren; and brother, John (Nancy) of Miami, Florida. Graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1954 from Michigan State College with a Bachelor of Music Degree. Taught music in the Birmingham Schools and music and mathematics in the Pontiac Schools. An active musician throughout her life, played flute in The Detroit Flute Choir, Birmingham Concert Band, and MSU Alumni Band and taught scores of flute students. Member for 46 years at Central United Methodist Church in Waterford, where she sang in the chancel choir, played organ, piano, and flute, and directed youth choirs. Participated in mission and work trips to the Gulf Coast and Central America and volunteered for Meals-On-Wheels. A Memorial Service and lunch reception is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Central United Methodist Church. Family will receive visitors at the Church on Friday January 4, 2013 between 6 and 9 p.m. Memorials may be made to Michigan State University expressly designated for the Maurice D. and Dorothy B. Pelton Endowed Scholarship in Music Studies. Contributions to Michigan State University should be sent to College of Music Advancement Office, 333 W. Circle Dr. #102, East Lansing, MI 48824. Memorial contributions may also be made to Central United Methodist Church. Arrangements by COATS FUNERAL HOME - WATERFORD. To send a private condolence go to
Published in The Oakland Press on Dec. 30, 2012
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