GRACIE: Dorothy "Dot," 93, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born Dorothy Abbie Cheney, March 5, 1908, in St. Johnsbury, to William E. Cheney and Bertha M. Chappell. She grew up in St. Johnsbury and Bennington, Vt. On Nov. 6, 1926, she married John J. Gracie in Rutland. They lived in Bennington and Miami, Fla., before settling in the Northeast Kingdom in the 1940s.
She and her husband owned numerous small businesses over the next 30 years, including "Mom and Pop" stores such as the Midway Market in Lyndonville, and restaurants such as the Town and Country in Lyndonville and Dot & #039;s Restaurant in Irasburg. Her favorite memories were of the years when they ran Gracie & #039;s Inn in Lyndonville. She especially enjoyed remembering the Saturday night dances at the inn.
After retirement, she and her husband settled in Lyndonville. In recent years she enjoyed reading romance novels, watching Dan Rather, visits from family members, weekly dinners out with her friend Tom, long rides, and treks to Bennington with her granddaughter Theresa during fall foliage season to revisit the scenes of her youth.
She is survived by a daughter, Geraldine Duguay of St. Johnsbury; a son, Richard Gracie and his friend Susan Dugan of St. Johnsbury; a brother, Paul Cheney of Newport, N.H.; niece Ann Reed and husband Dennis of Augusta, Maine; nephew Paul Cheney and wife Timaree of El Cajon, Calif.; niece Dorothy Crete and husband Andrew of Manchester, N.H.; her dear friend Tom Gould of East Burke and Twin City, Ga.; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, John Gracie Sr.; a son, John Gracie Jr.; a brother, Guilford Cheney Sr.; a sister-in-law, Inez Cheney; a son-in-law, Maurice Duguay; a daughter-in-law, Maud Gracie; and a nephew, Guilford Cheney Jr.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m., at the Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations in her memory be sent to Lyndon Rescue Inc., P.O. Box 40, Lyndonville, VT 05851.