Dorothy Moxley

March 20, 1926August 29, 2018

PRESTON – Dorothy Gwenneth Moxley, 92, our feisty, loving mother, passed away at Backus Hospital on August 29, 2018, after a short illness.

Dorothy leaves behind her daughter Lee (Cornell McNair) of Griswold, son Ian of Preston, grandchildren, Katherine (Chris Patnaude) and Harrison (Kristy Miller), great grandson James, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada to Harry and Gladys (Hunter) Wright. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Don and her brothers, Harold and Ken.

A bright student, Dorothy went to Kingston Collegiate Vocational Institute. While still in school, Dorothy was asked to work at the Royal Bank of Canada and worked there becoming Head Teller. She left to work as a bookkeeper at L.J. Jewel, and then as head bookkeeper at a personal finance company. Around 1951, Dot joined the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Reserve where she learned semaphore and Morse code.

Don and Dot were married in 1954 at Cooke’s United Church in Kingston. After marrying, the couple lived in Hartford, CT where Dot worked at American Electric Supply as a bookkeeper.

Dot and Dan later moved to Noank, CT and raised their family there. Dot was an active member of Noank Baptist Church and was in the Noank Women’s Bowling League. Most summers would find the family camping in New York or Canada and one memorable summer camping across the country and into Canada. In 1975 the family moved to Preston, CT. Dot enjoyed participating in many of the Preston City Congregational Church activities and was the treasurer of the Deacon’s Fund for 29 years. Dot loved caring for her grandchildren after school and taught them how to play poker.

The family would like to thank the staff of Backus Hospital and Hartford Healthcare Hospice Services for their wonderful care of Dorothy and support to our family during this time.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donation be made to the Preston City Congregational Church, 321 Rte. 164 Preston, CT 06365.

Visitation will be held at Church and Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St., Norwich, CT on Wednesday, Sept. 5th from 5pm – 7pm. Memorial Services will be held Thursday, Sept 6th at 11am at Preston City Congregational Church meeting directly at the church. Burial will immediately follow at Palmer Cemetery in Preston, CT.

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  • Calling Hours / Visitation Wednesday, September 5, 2018
  • Memorial Service Thursday, September 6, 2018
  • Burial Thursday, September 6, 2018

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Janice Heasley

September 5, 2018

My sisters and our husbands were invited to Uncle Dons' and Aunt Dorothys' 50th Wedding Anniversary as a surprise. When we arrived in Preston, Conn. we had no idea of where this place was or how to find it. We asked a nice young man in town if he knew where this place was. He said follow me and I will take you to the place . If we hadn't met him we probably wouldn't have found the spot in the country where it was being held.
When we arrived Harrison came out to greet us and take us inside where Uncle Don and Aunt Dorothy were so surprised.
Will always remember the smiles on their faces. The trip was definitely worth it We all had a wonderful time. R.I.P. Aunt Dorothy
We will miss you!!! Janice & Dave
Bernice & Don
Arlene & Larry

Aven Baral

September 3, 2018

I remember the night before our dad's went out to strike for the teacher's union. They sat us all around Aunt Dorothy's big dining room table in Noank. Our dad's tried to explain what they were going to do and why . Aunt Dorothy watched all the kids as our dad's said they might not be home for awhile. She smiled at us in such a reassuring and loving way that I knew everything would be ok. I wasn't scared when they said, "we might have to go to jail" but your mom's will be here. She was an awesome lady who loved us all very much. I am so glad to have been born into such a loving family. I am so sorry I can't be there with you all. My love to everyone, Aven