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Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home

2900 Summer Street, Stamford, CT

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Dorothy J. Jeffries

May 7, 1930July 29, 2019

Dorothy J. Jeffries was born on May 7, 1930 and passed away on July 29, 2019.

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Martha Basford

August 23, 2019

August 23, 2019

Dear Deborah, I am writing this on the two year anniversary of my mom's passing. In celebrating my mom's life I, too celebrate your mom, Dorothy. I have very happy memories in remembering her visiting my mother just about every day. DOTTIE WAS ALWAYS SMILING, SELF-INDEPENDENT AND A WOMAN OF FORTITUDE & STRENGTH.

Mom's cats did not like many, but when Dorothy came over they
Sensed the love and gravitated to her. Dorothy was straight from the heart and soul. I will retain her memory with a smile in the "Celebration of her Life" forever!💟

Love Martha Basford

Deborah Jeffries

August 19, 2019

“Sometimes There Are No Happy Endings, Only Necessary Ones”.

I will be an Ovarian Cancer Warrior for the rest of my life Momma educating women on the warning signs, importance of knowing family history and genetic testing and gynecologist exams. If I can help someone else who’s battling this horrible illness or who lost someone special like me then I’ve done a mitzvah. RIP Mom Hope You’re Proud Of Me😢🌺 TEAL IS THE COLOR OVARIAN CANCER🌺

Deborah Jeffries

August 17, 2019

My mother’s “cart” this shopping cart has so much sentimental value to me. This was one of many carts my Mom had she used them so much 7 days a week through snow, sleet, rain and all kinds of weather she wore them out I think this was the 10th cart she had. I’ve also reached a turning point in my own grief that her death was not a horrible tragedy but a natural peaceful end to her terrible pain and suffering. Her pain is over and I cherish the joy she brought me, the good times we had and the blessing that she packed a lot of living into her 89 years. It’s OK that you passed away Momma it was your time and you can Rest Peacefully knowing that I as your only child am gonna be just fine! I am at peace in knowing that you passed away peacefully in your sleep. I will love you Momma till my last breath thank you for being the strong woman you inspired me to be😢🙏🏻😇🌺

Deborah Jeffries

August 11, 2019

Dorothy and James Jeffries Rocky Neck State Park August 11, 1978 -41 years ago today. ❤️Momma is with Daddy now❤️ I hope you’re both proud of me that I emerged from the aftermath of losing you both a survivor, a strong woman and cherishing every moment that I live. The both of you still live on in me😢🙏🏻😇🌺

Deborah Jeffries

August 4, 2019

My mother Dorothy Jeffries with her mother Julia Sammis Horton. United in death they both had the same cancer my mother was blessed to have lived a long life to the age of 89. My grandmother was not as fortunate having passed away in her 50’s. My mom’s father William Horton a wonderful human being I remember visiting him just down the street from us I was 13 when we lost him. I remember my mom speaking fondly of her family Aunt Mary Venneri, Pat and Joanie and her Uncle George Sammis and of course her wonderful sister Hazel Lorraine Springer and her two sons John and James Rabes all those mentioned predeceased her. My mom is with all of these wonderful people now. RIP to my family I will miss you all for the rest of my life😢😇🙏🏻🌺

Deborah Jeffries

August 3, 2019

My mother had friend and family and tragic how so few acknowledged her sickness and death. I loved my mother worshipped the ground she walked on I honored her in life and in death me and Dave gave my mother the love that she so rightfully deserved. My mom and me Christmas 1969. In death you know who your real friends are😢😇🙏🏻🌺

Deborah Jeffries

August 3, 2019

My mother Dorothy June on May 7, 1968 holding me at 3 weeks old on her 38th birthday. This is the way I will remember her young and full of life. Her own mother at that time was sick with the same disease that would claim my mother too. She was preparing to say goodbye to her mom who was only in her 50’s after having had a baby herself. My mother was a very strong woman she never let anything no matter how bad tear her down🙏🏻😇🌺

Deborah Jeffries

August 3, 2019

My mother Dorothy Jeffries had battled Chronic Kidney Disease for 12 years being diagnosed soon after her sister Hazel Lorraine Springer died of it in late 2007. Despite that she was an active woman doing her daily errands to Target store in Stamford which she loved to do to get out and socialize with people and every person in the store knew her. She did this up until April of 2019 when her health took a serious decline and had spent most of the time hospitalized until July 7th after getting fluid extracted from Stage 5 End Stage Kidney Failure an abdominal mass was discovered a body scan revealed cancer in all major organs. The cancer was diagnosed as Metastatic High Grade Serous Carcinoma Stage 4a an aggressive cancer of the ovaries and fallopian tubes the same cancer that claimed her mother Julia Horton on July 4, 1969 at the age of 59. Dorothy survived until July 29, 2019 when nurses at Cassena Care of Stamford doing rounds discovered she was not breathing and had passed away in her sleep. Cassena Care provided in patient physical therapy services and palliative care trying to make her as comfortable as possible despite the very difficult circumstances of her condition. Thank you to Leo P. Gallagher and Dignity Memorial for helping me handle my mom’s final arrangements. Finally I would like to take this time to deeply thank my partner in life David Wilklow who has been my rock for 13 1/2 years who was a dedicated friend to my mother who was there for her when she was healthy, through every hospitalization when she got sick, to talk, hold her hand he also gave my mother the comfort of knowing her only adult child had a man that would give her moral support when she passed on. Without David I would never have made it through this. I leave a picture of my mother Dorothy as a child the only one I have given to me by her sister my aunt Hazel just before my aunt passed away herself. I prefer to remember my mom that way full of life. Rest In Peace Momma🙏🏻😇🌺

Deborah Jeffries

August 2, 2019

Dorothy June Jeffries of Stamford a retired Nurse’s Aide died Monday July 29, 2019 at Cassena Care Skilled Nursing. She was 89 years old.
Mrs. Jeffries died of complications from Metastatic High Grade Serous Carcinoma and End Stage Renal Failure.
Born in Stamford, CT on May 7, 1930, she was the daughter of the late William and Julia Sammis Horton.
Mrs. Jeffries worked as a Nurse’s Aide for decades until her retirement in 1979. She is survived by her daughter Deborah June Jeffries and daughter’s partner David Wilklow of Norwalk, CT. In addition to her parents and husband James Jeffries, Dorothy was predeceased by her sister Hazel Lorraine Springer of Torrington in 2007, a brother James Leonard Horton of Winder Georgia in 2016, a nephew John Rabes of Hawaii in 1984 and a nephew James Rabes of Bridgeport in 2003. Dorothy’s daughter would like to personally thank Nephrologist Dr. Hines, Sterling Care Of Greenwich and Stamford Hospital for the compassionate treatment given to her.
Burial will be private. A Memorial Service will be scheduled at a future date.
Her daughter would also ask that any donations be made to Ovarian Cancer and Chronic Kidney Disease charities of one’s choice😇🙏🏻🌺

Deborah Jeffries

July 30, 2019

Dorothy Jeffries You were the best mother a woman could ever have! You always thought of me cards for birthdays, holidays, you always looked out for me, made personal sacrifices for me, loved me unconditionally and supported me through every step of my life. This loss is profound you were everything to me you were my life, my best friend inseparable I knew you were fading away because we were that connected. The only good to come from this is that you are no longer in that hospital bed and suffering with cancer. We will be together again Momma fly Momma life the Owls you loved so much Momma you are finally free! Your loving daughter Debbie June😢

FROM THE FAMILY