Royalton—Dorothy J. “Dottie” Olmstead, 79, died July 5, 2012 at the Gifford Medical Center in Randolph.
She was born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on October 7, 1932, the daughter of John R. and Violet (Hawley) Mahoney. She attended school in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. On January 6, 1955, she married Charles “Charlie” Olmstead of Royalton, and they lived over 30 years on the family farm in Royalton, before moving to Colchester, where she worked at the University of Vermont bookstore. She enjoyed working at the bookstore, retired in 1994, and moved back to Royalton.
For over 30 years, she and her husband danced with the Ed Larkin Contra Dancers. She was a member of Royalton Civics Club and the Royalton Academy Building Board of Directors. She enjoyed playing bingo, reading, visiting with children, cooking, card games with neighbors, sewing, puzzles, and traveling. She was proud of her Irish heritage and traveled to Ireland and always enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day.
Survivors include her husband, Charlie of Royalton; two sons, John Olmstead of Royalton, and Charles “Chuck” Olmstead of Clayton, N.C.; two daughters, Elizabeth Olmstead of Fort Worth, Texas, and Holly Olmstead of Colchester; 14 grandchildren; one great grandson; a brother, Donald Mahoney of Florida; and a sister, Mary Tierney of Moraga, Calif.
She was predeceased by three brothers, John “Jack” Mahoney, Robert Mahoney, and Harold Mahoney.
There will be no public calling hours. A graveside memorial service will be held Friday, July 13 at 11 a.m. at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Royalton. The Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gifford Medical Center, Garden Room Fund, c/o Ashley Lincoln, 44 South Main Street, Randolph, Vt. 05060.