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1928 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
DOROTHY APPLETON Dorothy P. Appleton, a long-time resident of Clark County, passed away Feb. 6, 2017, following a short illness, four days short of her 89th birthday. She was with family when she passed quietly in her sleep on Monday evening. Born in Hopkinton, Mass. in 1928, she married her husband, George, nineteen years later in Toledo, Ohio. The family eventually moved to southern Nevada in 1963. She obtained her bachelor's degree at University of Nevada-Las Vegas, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and taught cosmetology at the then Vo-Tech School for many years. She dabbled in several hobbies over the years, including knitting, ceramics, painting, music and genealogy. Her home was always filled with pets; in addition to her beloved cats, other non-human residents of her home over the years included dogs, rabbits, mice, pet garter snakes (despite her very deep aversion to all snakes), guppy fish and a desert tortoise. With her husband, she spent time prospecting in Butte Valley, making friends with some of the residents in the area, and for many years the couple owned a plot of land in Maine on which they built a small home where they regularly returned for the milder summers. She was a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants and the American Rosie the Riveter Association. (During World War II, she worked in a hat factory which made caps for women workers and woolen sleeping bags for the military). True to her New England roots, she was thrifty, self-reliant and generally uncomplaining. Indeed, many of those who knew her in her final years have remarked that if she ever complained, you knew that it was really serious. She shared willingly, and loved visiting with family and friends. She is survived by a sister, Judy Jones; her two children, David and Dee; nine grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all those left behind. Services will be from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at Davis Funeral Home, 6200 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89119.
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