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

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Dear Greenman Family
My heart goes out to you at this time
your Mother and I have been friends for
years. We played Cards every month at
nighton Mondays When all the ladied had
retired we played in the day time. I'm
sorry I did not make to service. I have
sick. My love to all of you.
Betty Gardner
Elizabeth Gardner
March 11, 2010
I only knew Dot through tennis, but she was one of the sweetest, most caring individuals. She loved her family, but I heard mostly about Eliza because she and my daughter,Jamie, played ball together in high school. She was so proud of you Eliza and she would give me weekly updates of your exciting life. You were so special to her. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Peggy Gatz Poquoson, Va.
March 10, 2010
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Lauren Heath
March 5, 2010

Strong but gentle. . .
Patient but decisive. . .
Beautiful but self effacing. . .
Intelligent, wise, a mentor. . .
Love is the tribute paid by all who knew her. . . .

Win Winfree
March 4, 2010
Bill and Family,
Our hearts are with you in your time of loss. We prey for healing hands strengthen you at this time. The greatest testament to a Mom is in the strength of her children, as I have seen in Bill through many working years. Your Mother will always be missed.
David and Faye Davis
Williamsgurg, Va
March 4, 2010
I know you will always have great memories of your Mother, as you spoke of her often always with love and kindness. I have been and will always be with you in person and in prayer my brother.
Shorty Jones
March 4, 2010
A wonderful mother, aunt, and friend, and a wise counsel too many times to count. She brought out the best in all who came to know her, and will be sorely missed. With love to all my cousins and friends who grieve.
Franklin Greenman
Franklin Greenman
March 3, 2010
Annie, Please know Jan and I are deeply sorry that your Mom, Dot, has passed on. You spoke of her with love and it is with love we offer our prayers for you and the family.
Hugh & Jan Blackwell (Cape Coral, FL)
Hugh and Jan Blackwell
March 3, 2010
Anne,Guy & Carol, Thoughts and prayers are with you as I recall many wonderful memories of your mom!
Tim Daube
March 3, 2010
Bill & Family
Our thoughts & prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow. Always remember the good times that you shared with your Mom.
Bruce & Charlotte Sims
March 3, 2010
Whenever I am driving west on I64 and I pass by your family's home, I have great childhood memories. I would see Dot at St. John's Church, and she was always happy and cheerful. While it has been "years" since I've seen you Annie, I wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you and your entire family.
Penny Crumpton-Robinson
March 2, 2010
Bill & Family,
Please accept my deepst condolences on the passing of Dorothy. I did not have the priveldge of acquaintance with her. However in talking with you (Bill)and your own very kind references and reading the obituary, I know it would have been my honor to have made that meeting. The obituary said she instilled respect and kindness in her family and earned the repsect and love of her friends. I witness that resoucefullness in yourself and feel that she would be proud of you as her son. My prayers are for our God to grant you His peace and strength as you heal from this great loss. Always remember, God has her now and no place could ever be better. May God bless you all.
Perry Jones
March 2, 2010
Although I never met Dot, I am so very happy she was the mother of my good friend Bill. He is a kind, caring person with determination and an incredible work ethic. He always talked of his Momma as his own, not as a step parent. I know your heart is heavy, and I wish Bill and all of the family strength through this time of pain and sorrow.
Faith Willey
March 2, 2010
Anne and family, Bill and I want to express our deepest sympathy. Dot was truly a dear person. She was always kind, gracious and caring. She will be missed by many friends among them her tennis buddies. You were blessed to have her as your mother. I was blessed to have known her. We will be away from home for 3 weeks and will contact you when we return.
Glenda and Bill Moore
March 1, 2010
Our hearts feel so heavy thinking of your loss. We know how much your mother will be missed. The greatest testament to this woman are her wonderful children, especially beautiful Annie.
May your memories of her buoy you during this difficult time.
Sending all of our love,
Jill and Ed Harner
March 1, 2010
Annie, Bill, Guy, and Carol, I am thinking of you all during think this time. I love you dearly and send my loving respects with the warmest of hugs. While I am saddened by this loss, I know that she remains loved and that we will keep her memory alive in this family. I look forward to celebrating Dot's wonderful life in Duck this summer. XOXO
Kelley Greenman
March 1, 2010
I was at the Sunday morning service at St John's, when Donna Mae said a prayer of healing and condolence for your family. I hadn't seen the paper that morning. I was seated next to Robby Roth and a couple of rows behind Danny McFarland. I just looked at Rob and said, "oh, no". My heart goes out to you. This period in our lives, when we lose our parents, is about as rough as it gets.
Billy Leath
March 1, 2010
Thinking of your family and all of the meaningful memories from my youth. With Love and Sympathy
Eileen Edmonds
March 1, 2010
Always kind, always cheerful, always 'there' for all her children and her childrens friends and 'lovers'. What a wonderful woman, a real jewel in life's crown.
Scott Burrell
March 1, 2010
The Bryant family is thinking of the Greenman and Boswick families.
Mike Bryant
March 1, 2010
Crossing the Bar

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Poetry Foundation
darrell carden
March 1, 2010
We are thinking or you and your family, Annie. Know that you are loved. John and Margie Misenheimer
Margery Misenheimer
February 28, 2010
Dearest Annie, Carol, Billy and Guy,
We will all miss your precious mother. Take good care of each other as she has taught you to do. She leaves a wonderful legacy of dignity, beauty and love of God's creation. love Betty Pierce and Charlie Schindler (Va. Beach)
February 28, 2010
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family, Annie. Know that you are in our hearts and minds,and we wish you the warmest memories of your Mom as you share those wonderful times with your loved ones. All our love and prayers are with you.
Don & Jan Hesselman
February 28, 2010
Annie, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Beth & Fred Lindow
February 28, 2010
Annie, Carol and Guy-I have loved your mother all my life. She has lovingly held me accountable for a part of my upbringing, and I am grateful for that. She was an Auntie-mom in my heart, and I shall miss her deeply.
Marianne Rae
February 28, 2010
Annie, I am thinking of you and Chris and your whole family. May your heart be comforted and full of loving memories. Your mom certainly raised a family, a woman, of true beauty. With love, Susan
Susan Ketchin
February 28, 2010
Our deepest sympathy.
Horatio Sinbad
February 28, 2010
Our hearts are with you.
Terry Brown
February 28, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss. May you have an opportunity during the next few days to relive the many wonderful moments you spent with her during your life.
Pam Johnson
February 28, 2010
I will miss you Grandma and i will love and remember you always.
Alice Greenman
February 28, 2010
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Maria Fontes-Davis
February 28, 2010

What I remember about your mother is that she had a way of always making everyone feel welcome and she was glad you were there. She would spend the time to listen to our stories and our plans. She would laugh with us and show concern when we were concerned. She never said anything bad about anyone and saw the good in all. I think she knew what we were up to and sometimes knew some of us were “full of it”, but knew we would all end up O.K. She taught us all something in the way she treated people and cared for others. I know she was a great mother. I know this because I know her three kids. They all became loving, caring, happy and successful in their own way. She will be in our hearts forever.

What a lady!

Love from your friends,

Mike and Cindy Bingham
Mike and Cindy Bingham
February 28, 2010
Our deepest sympathy to all of the Greenman’s from the Edmonds.
TishAnn Edmonds Schaffer
February 28, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Bunky Bull
February 28, 2010
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