SMITHFIELD - Dorothy Boswick Greenman, 78, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Feb. 25, 2010, at her home in Smithfield.
Affectionately known as "Dot," she was preceded in death, in 2005, by William Garrett Greenman Jr., her husband of 52 years.
She is survived by her children, William Garrett Greenman III of Gloucester, Va., Anne Greenman-Siegel and husband, Chris Siegel of Beaufort, N.C., Guy Pruyn Greenman of Gloucester, and Carol Greenman Rowland and husband, Layne Rowland of Smithfield, Va. She is also survived by her loving sister, Marjorie Boswick Michael and husband, William Michael Jr. of Newport News, Va.; three grandchildren, Eliza Ann Greenman of Islesford, Maine, Alice Love Greenman of Poquoson, Va., and William Clay Rowland of Smithfield.
She was born May 10, 1931, to Guy Weston Boswick and Alice Juiliette Ward in Norfolk, Va. The family then moved to Newport News where Dot graduated from Newport News High School in 1948. She attended Longwood College and graduated in 1952 with a BS in Elementary Education. After briefly teaching school, she married Bill, with whom she raised a family and worked as partner and bookkeeper in their home building and remodeling business.
Dot was the nucleus of her family who instilled a sense of honesty, compassion, integrity and tolerance in her children and grandchildren. She was a devoted friend to many and mentor to her children's peers. Her determination to promote fairness, responsibility and respect touched all who knew her.
A longtime resident of Hampton, Dot sailed the Chesapeake Bay with her husband and family aboard their schooner Laura Ellen. They participated in Norfolk's Harborfest, Hampton Bay Days, The Great Schooner Race, and Opsail events in New York and Baltimore. She was an avid reader who enjoyed gardening, tennis and bridge. She had a great love of animals, supported many charities and volunteered her time to help others.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 4, 2010, at St. John's Episcopal Church, in Hampton, and will be officiated by the Rev. Donna Mae Siderius.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, 100 West Queen's Way, Hampton, VA 23669; or to the Animal Aid Society, 8 Butler Farm Road, Hampton, VA 23666. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published by Daily Press from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2010.