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Dorothy Chase

Dorothy Chase

Female 1921 - 2015  (94 years)

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  • Name Dorothy Chase 
    Born 26 Mar 1921 
    Gender Female 
    Died 18 Jun 2015  Providence Horizon House, Anchorage, Alaska, Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I19288  My Relatives
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 

    Family 1 Living 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F6368  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 David Gavitt,   d. 2007 
    Married Abt 1975 
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F6917  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Dorothy Chase Gavitt, 94, affectionately called "Rug" by family and close friends, passed away on Jun. 18, 2015 at Providence Horizon House, Anchorage, Alaska, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Mar. 26, 1921, the daughter of Leon G. and Daisy H. Chase, and brought up in Belmont, Mass. She lived nearly all of her life in New England, in Lincoln, Mass. and for the past 40 years, Antrim and Jaffrey, with her beloved husband A.David Gavitt, who passed in 1997.

      Dorothy had three children with her first husband, George Grosvenor Tarbell Jr: Sarah T. Clampitt, of Anchorage, Alaska, Martha T. Shreve of Salem, Mass. and George G. Tarbell III of Jamaica, Vt. She has five grandchildren: Andrea Whalen Evans of Anchorage, Alaska, Gabriel J. Viani of Salem, Mass., George G.Tarbell of Jamaica, Vt., Misty Rose Tarbell of South Berwick, Maine and Susy Ruth Cooper of Portland, Ore. In addition she has a beautiful great granddaughter, Ava Dorothy Evans, her namesake, of Anchorage, Alaska with whom she shared a very special relationship.

      Dorothy had many interests and pastimes. She was highly skilled in the arts of sewing and knitting and everyone in the family had a "Rug" sweater, hat or scarf. She was a shrewd card player and enjoyed a good game of bridge, cribbage, gin rummy or scrabble. The NYT weekly crossword was no match for her excellent verbal acumen and reading historical biographies and history thrilled her. Dorothy loved cooking and baking, despite losing many a loaf of bread to one of her many dogs over the years. She attended the Boston Symphony Orchestra for many years, never willing to surrender her tickets, even while living in New Hampshire. During the past 15 years she and David collected and sold antique and rare books which they loved doing together. They would travel about New England buying and then selling the rare finds, meeting interesting people and even selling to interested folks internationally. At any given time they might have up to 3000 volumes in their basement.

      Well known for her kindness and acute sense of humor, Dorothy had a large circle of friends. She was, at times, quite mischievous and maintained a sense of innocence and curiosity. She was a spiritual person who was active in the Episcopal Church, particularly at All Saints Episcopal Church in Peterborough, where she worked faithfully in thrift shop for many years and as an active member of the Alter Guild. She frequently marveled at how architecturally beautiful the church was and later how it reminded her of the Grace Church in Salem.

      Following David's death in 2007, Dorothy moved to Salem, Mass. to be with her daughter, Martha and son-in-law, well-known artist Racket (Warren H. Shreve) and her grandson, Gabriel and his wife, Betsy. While in Salem she attended the Grace Church and enjoyed the activities at the Shreve home on Chestnut Street, particularly family gatherings. She was always fascinated by Salem's exciting history as her family is directly related to Rebecca Nurse, always a source of intrigue to her children. She lived at The John Bertram House for three years where she remained active in the activities there.

      In Jul. of 2012, Dorothy moved to Providence Horizon House in Anchorage, Alaska, to be near her daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Ralph Clampitt, her granddaughter and husband, Andrea and Tom Evans, and her great granddaughter and namesake, Ava Dorothy Evans. Dorothy never failed to marvel at Alaska's rugged mountains, and loved taking scenic drives along Turnagain Arm where she sometimes spotted sheep on the ragged mountainside peering down at the passers-by. She enjoyed the longer summer days, and during the winter months, had her own comfy chair near the wood burning stove when visiting her Alaska family.

      Dorothy's family expresses their sincere gratitude to the staff and caretakers at Providence Horizon House and The John Bertram House for all of the compassionate care they gave to Dorothy during her stay at both residences.

      Dorothy was preceded in death by her brother, Edward F. Chase, her first husband, George G. Tarbell, and her beloved husband, A. David Gavitt. She is survived by her three children, five grandchildren, one great granddaughter and several nieces and nephews

      A private celebration of her life will be held by her family, and Dorothy will be united with her beloved husband, David, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Peterborough. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ledgertranscript/obituary.aspx?pid=175378119#sthash.rlNZPttC.dpuf