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Dorothy C. (Calley) MacRae Kilburn




Dorothy C.  MacRae Kilburn

Dorothy C. MacRae Kilburn died suddenly, surrounded by her loved ones, on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia following a sudden illness.  She was 98, a resident of Franklin, NH and affectionately known as Mame by her family.  Daughter of Maurice M. and Ella J. (Keniston) Calley, Dorothy was born in East Andover, NH, on July 28, 1921 and graduated from Andover High School.  After various educational pursuits, she worked in multiple capacities, including bookkeeper, for A&P.  Dot, as most called her, had a near fatal accident on April 1, 1980 when struck by a car while out with a friend on their daily walk.  Amazingly, she recovered, never looked back and recently celebrated her 98th birthday with family.  

 Dorothy was predeceased by her first husband, Thomas T. MacRae who died in 1986 and second husband, Floyd H. Kilburn in 2009; a brother Donald Calley and sister Florence Potter.  She is survived by her children, Joan Kaden of New York, NY, Patricia (Patty) Capone and husband Michael of West Boylston, MA and J. Douglas MacRae and significant other Linda Farr of Barrington, NH, six grandchildren; Douglas and John Kaden, Michael, Thomas, Matthew and Chandra Capone; three great grandchildren Amelia, James and Isabella Kaden and a beloved friend of the family and devoted caregiver, Darlene Carbone.

 Dot lived a wonderful life and loved being with relatives and friends.  Dot was a very quick witted and funny shy extrovert who enjoyed the simple things in life.  She took great pride in working in her yard right up until her mid 90's.  Dot loved to travel: she enjoyed trips to England, to Ireland, and Alaska with Floyd; Augusts spent with her daughter Joan’s family in Manhattan and Chatham, NY; holidays with her daughter Patty, Michael and family in West Boylston, MA and winter vacations in their home in Boca Raton, FL; numerous flights to southern California to visit her sister, Florence; and a trip this past April with Patty and family to Paradise Valley, AZ to visit her grandson.  Dot enjoyed visits at her home with her son Doug and Linda who brought lobster stew and took her to visit her oldest school friend Millie.

We will miss her beautiful blue eyes, sass, tenacity, kindness, generosity, sense of humor and adventurous spirit.

Abiding by Dorothy’s wishes, all services are private.  The family will have a celebration of her life at a later date.

Those wishing may make a memorial contribution in Dorothy’s name to the American Cancer Society.


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