In memory of
Dorothy L. Felt
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In memory of
Dorothy L. Felt
Dorothy Lynn Felt, formerly of Kingston, MA, Dorothy Lynn (Smith) Felt, age 93, wife of Frank Felt (deceased) of Kingston, died peacefully in her sleep the morning of Thursday, January 5th, 2017. Dorothy, or Dotty, but never Dot, was from Greensboro, North Carolina. She had a single sibling, her sister, Sailor, whom she loved dearly and with whom she remained in regular contact until Sailors untimely death in the early 70s. Dorothy was attending Elon University in Elon, North Carolina in December 1941. She turned eighteen on December 2nd. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7th, she made plans to withdraw from Elon and enroll in an accelerated, Registered Nurses program that had been initiated to increase the number of nurses that would be needed for the impending struggle. After completion of her nursing studies and attaining her RN.s license, Dotty was assigned to Washington D.C. where she worked in both public and private hospitals. The Washington environment during the World War II years was hectic, exhilarating, and patriotic stuff for a young nurse given great responsibilities at such an important time. Dotty often spoke of her wartime nursing but only rarely recounted the more grave or tragic episodes she encountered and endured. It was during those important years that she met a handsome, slightly older, half-Irish, Boston, Yankee who told her, on the day they met, that he was going to marry her. She was not terribly trusting of him, his movie idol good looks, his educated speech, his excessive confidence, nor his popularity among those who knew him to have been a collegiate and professional football player. Even his name, Frank Felt, made her a tad suspicious. She assumed he was rich; what man who was not would own an impeccably tailored, white, wool suit? After the war, they married. Dotty learned that Frank was not at all rich but that he loved her passionately and wanted only the best for her. Dottys husband admired her all of their lives together. Dotty cared for Frank as he aged and waned, as only a dedicated wife and skilled nurse could. After Frank preceded her in death, she was never truly happy again. Dotty had made her mark as a school nurse in Kingston. She began her career at the Kingston Elementary School in 1955 and stayed there until her retirement several decades later. She was an institution in her time. Over the last few years, we have heard many stories recounting memories of Dorothy as a nurse, neighbor, wit, and friend. She was exceedingly well-liked and respected for most of her life. Dorothy performed many other health related activities, entertained her friends from work, and appreciated nearly all forms of art and music. Dotty is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Russ and Suzanne Felt of Salem. She was predeceased by her daughter, Lynda Felt Dwyer, by several years. Arrangements are being made with Murphy Funeral Home in Salem, MA. No services are planned at this time. For more information, please call 978-744-0497 or visit murphyfuneralhome.com .
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