Dorothy Ann Walker
Dorothy Ann (Gleeson) Walker, doting mother and grandmother, passed away on October 12, 2017, in Peterborough, NH. She was 95.
Affectionately known as “Dot” to family and friends, Dorothy enjoyed cooking and was famous for several signature dishes, including her spaghetti sauce, stuffed quahogs, clam boil, and chocolate chip cookies. Her home was often referred to as “Dot’s Diner” by relatives, as she could always provide passers-by with something to eat. In fact, you often could not escape without eating something or taking a treat for the road.
Dorothy adored musicals, beach vacations, John F. Kennedy, and Big Papi.
Born in Fall River, MA to John and Catherine (Smith) Gleeson, Dorothy was the eighth of nine children. She grew up in Portsmouth, RI, and when asked about her childhood, Dorothy remembered fondly the snowy days when the neighborhood would block off streets so children could sled.
Dorothy moved to New York City after high school where, during World War II, she handed out sugar rations. One night after her brothers had come home from the war, Dorothy visited them at a neighborhood Irish pub. There she met the love of her life, Lee Walker.
During their courtship, both Dorothy and Lee worked for Eastern Air Lines and had lunch together every day in an airline mail truck. It was on one of these lunch dates that Lee proposed. They married on September 15, 1946.
After their first daughter was born, Dorothy and Lee moved their young family to Miami, FL, where they had three more daughters. Their home was always open to the children of the neighborhood and many remember Dorothy as a second mother. She also lent her loving and selfless nature to a local children’s hospital where she worked with polio patients.
Eventually Dorothy and her family moved to Amherst, NH. She enjoyed her autumn years doing what she loved most: traveling, caring for loved ones, spoiling grandchildren, and watching the Boston Red Sox. She spent her last two decades in Peterborough, NH.
Dorothy is survived by her daughters Cheryl Buchanan, Trish Walker, Cynthia Ingraham, Kim Newlin; her eight grandchildren Tricia, Bobby, Emily, Ashley, Katrina, Britta, Cooper, and Tallulah; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Lee A. Walker and her eight siblings.
The family thanks her wonderful and loving caregivers Mary Ann Martell, Fran Lefebvre, and Shirley Febonio. As per Dorothy’s request, there will be no calling hours.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to make a donation in her name may do so to a charity of their choice.