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Dorothy "Dotty" McKenna Kehoe

Tuesday, September 27th, 1932 - Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
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Dorothy (Dotty) McKenna Kehoe, age 87, passed away peacefully on January 7, 2020 in Manassas, Virginia with family by her side.

She was born on September 27, 1932 in Walpole, Massachusetts to Arthur and Dorothy McKenna. She had an older brother Ray and younger sister Ellie. Dotty was a daredevil who excelled at sports in high school, playing field hockey, softball and leading the cheerleader squad. She studied education at the University of Massachusetts becoming an elementary school teacher. She was an enthusiastic educator who loved her students, spending the last 15 years of her career teaching third grade at Wellington School in Belmont, Massachusetts.

She married Jack Kehoe in 1956. Army moves took them to Washington state, Alaska (her favorite), Washington DC, North Carolina and Massachusetts. They had 3 children: Eric and identical twins, Sharon and Laura. After moving to Massachusetts, Dotty and Jack divorced. Dotty was a devoted single mother to her kids exposing them to all that life had to offer. One of her happiest achievements was becoming a ski instructor so that her kids could learn to enjoy skiing as much as she did.

Dotty had a vivacious personality and made wonderful friends wherever she went. She was a trendsetter and frequented yard sales before “yardsale-ing” was cool. One of her favorite pastimes was holiday baking where she would treat everyone she knew to a tin of assorted goodies “from the Kehoe Kitchen.” Dotty was an avid Boston Red Sox fan watching as many games each year as she could fit into her busy life.

Dotty loved to travel and enjoyed many cross-country road trips spending time visiting friends along the way. When she was 74 years old, she moved to Cody, Wyoming to be near her daughter, Sharon. She made fast friends of many ladies in Cody, especially, her “yard sale crew.” The last 2 ½ years she lived in Virginia near her daughter, Laura.

She was predeceased by her brother, Ray and sister, Ellie. She is survived by her three children: Eric (Heather) Kehoe of Seattle, Washington, Laura Kehoe of Clifton, Virginia and Sharon (Daniel) Miller of Cody, Wyoming, and her four grandchildren: Sierra Brooks, Wyatt Brooks, Mia Kehoe-Roberts and Curtis Miller; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite charity.

Interment will be private and at a later date.

Please the guest book at www.bakerpostfh.com.
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Meghan O Neil

Posted at 10:26am
Dear Sharon, Laura and Eric
Thank you for letting me know that your mother had passed away. I am sorry for your loss. As I know, you always appreciated her amazing fortitude and independence. She was quite a woman. There are certain things that trigger strong memories of your Mom for me. They may seem odd to others but when I see trash put out on the street I think about our morning walks on trash day. Dotty and I would surreptitiously inspect to see if there wasn’t something we could salvage for our classrooms. We got a turquoise painted bookcase for Dotty one day and we boldly carried it back to Wellington. There was a dishwasher at one house exactly like mine and the lower rack was in perfect condition where as mine had a bit of rusted wire showing under the thick plastic coating. Your Mom encouraged me to liberate that rack and I did!

Gingerbread houses are always a strong memory. For a number of years I would get the frames made and Dotty would come to my house and we would assemble and decorate. We had more laughs over that. Of course her tin of cookies were a highly anticipated gift , especially by my darling son-in-law Keith. To this day his daughter Becky makes what we call Dotty cookies using her sugar cookie recipe. They are Keith’s favorite. They are the ones where you roll out the dough in a snake like roll and sprinkle the top with colored sugar. The dough flattens and once they come out of the oven you slice the roll in a diagonal angle. It makes a ton of cookies. Sooo good.

On our walks we also looked for coins. At the end of the year, on that last interminable day of school, Dotty would have an activity where her class figured out how much money she had found for that year. It was a huge hit with the kids. One year we found several dollar bills. It was a breezy day and the bills started to fly away so we chased them into the street like two reckless kids. We were victorious in our glee.

That was your Mom. A person who had a sense of joy of living. She got up every day and shook life. That is how I shall remember her. From what I have heard about the three of you, I believe you take after her. What a wonderful heritage she left you. I know you will miss her but she will always be there for you.

I send you my very best wishes for good lives and many warm hugs,
Meghan
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Ruth, David, and Theresa Geissler

Posted at 09:36pm
Laura, Sierra, and Wyatt, Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Jeanne Hansen

Posted at 05:08pm
It was a treat and a gift to know Dotty and call her a friend. She had an outgoing and very funny personality and gave our third grade team a wonderful dose of humor, support and friendship. Dotty had many Dottyisms like " hot and cold running people"when parents were in and about frequently.

I am sad to hear of her death. She has been missed for years as her life in Cody kept her quite a distance away and the cookie treats were no longer a holiday trademark of hers. I haven't seen her since Harvey and I went out to Cody and she gave us the
grand tour including a rodeo.

Harvey and I send our condolences and will forever hold Dotty in our hearts.
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Jeanne and Harvey Hansen
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