Dorothy S.'s Story

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Dorothy S. Thomson, a 60 year resident of Byfield, passed away on November 13, 2016, at the age of 96. Her husband of 52 years, Charles M. Thomson, passed away in 1997. Born in South Lawrence on October 1, 1920, she was the daughter of the late George and Eliza Sutton.
She was a graduate of Johnson High School in North Andover, Simmons College and Simmons Graduate School of Social Work.
She was an avid Red Sox fan, and while attending Simmons College in Boston she went to many Red Sox games at Fenway Park. She especially enjoyed Ladies Day at the park when the tickets were only 50 cents. She was very pleased to have lived long enough to see them win the World Series.
During World War II she was a social worker at The Chelsea Naval Hospital. Later in her career, Dorothy was the Director of the Alcoholics Unit at Danvers State Hospital and the Interim Director of Social Services, until her retirement in 1974.
Following her retirement she and her husband divided their time between Byfield, Florida and Cliff Island, Maine, where Charles had built their summer home.
Throughout her life she was a very talented poet, artist and writer. She was a monthly contributor to the "As I See It" column in the Newburyport Daily News for many years.
She is survived by three sons, Bruce Thomson of Montreal, Canada; Craig Thomson and his wife, Cathy of Portsmouth, N.H.; Keith Thomson and his wife, Donna of Georgetown, with whom she made her home; and one daughter, Carolyn Casey and her husband, Joe of Byfield. Dorothy was also a grandmother to Kristin Casey, Lisa Casey and Jill Thresher and a great-grandmother to Sophie Thresher.
According to Dorothy's wishes, services will be private. Burial will be in Ridgewood Cemetery in North Andover.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to The Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. Her arrangements have been entrusted to the Conte-Giamberardino Funeral Home, 14 Pleasant Street, Georgetown.
Published on  November 15, 2016
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