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Salisbury, Dorothy L.

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Dorothy Lorraine (Mutlow) Salisbury, 82, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 surrounded by her loving family after many years of living with Alzheimer’s disease. She was the beloved and devoted wife of the late Robert P. Salisbury for 56 years.

Born May 13, 1933, Dot was the eldest child of the late Everett and Evelyn Mutlow. She graduated from Jamaica Plain High School and fondly remembered her years with the Rainbow Girls. Dot married Bob, the brother of her best friend Nancy Fletcher in 1952, and the two embarked on a life together filled with family. Bob and Dot made a home in Westwood where they raised their three children on Lanark Drive.

She loved to support the interests of her children which included volunteer work with the local Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops. She was also a devoted member of the Westwood First Baptist Church, and an avid fan of their Hand bell Choir.  In addition to raising her children, she enjoyed a career with the Westwood Public Schools lunch program where she worked as a baker until becoming the Director of the High School cafeteria. She served in this position until her retirement.

Known for her baking and generous hospitality, dinner included green stuff (Jell-O) and always ended with cake – coffee, frosted, or Bundt – a scoop of sherbet, and a cup of hot coffee. A skilled knitter, gift-giving occasions included afghans, scarves, sweaters, and mittens. On every item she would affix her made-by label so you always knew she was close by. Dot was thrifty and crafty, always able to find a good deal at a church bazaar or Building 19 – a skill she passed on.

She loved to travel and would advise her grandchildren to “Travel while you can still carry your bags.” Dot and Bob journeyed throughout Canada, England, and Scotland. Every vacation was well documented with photos, postcards, and a deck of playing cards”

Dot put family first and found time to celebrate every accomplishment. When her family grew to include grandchildren, Dot and Bob attended close to every sporting event, school play, Boy Scout ceremony, and graduation. She enjoyed seeing her favorite son-in-law play with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra with her family and never missing a performance of the Nutcracker. Above all, Dot was a devoted wife, caring for her best friend and husband during his battle with Alzheimer’s. Her family will remember her – Dottie, Mom, Grammie, and Grandma – as a woman of character, grace, and heart.

She is survived by her children Richard Salisbury and his wife Dawn of Florida, Steven Salisbury and his wife Debra of South Easton, and Diane McGee and her husband Timothy of Mansfield. She was the sister of Joyce Cavossa of Foxboro, Judith McLaughlin of Norwood, the late Donald Matheson and Carol Sheilds and sister-in-law Nancy Fletcher. And proud grandmother to six grandchildren Andrea Calvin, Janelle Salisbury, Andrew Salisbury, Benjamin Salisbury, Tyler McGee, and Bradford McGee, and a great grandchild, Jaycie Anderson.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Village at Willow Crossings Senior Living in Mansfield, MA for the care and concern during her last days. Countless staff members came to her bedside expressing their loss and how much they loved her.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Westwood, 808 High St., Westwood, MA 02090. Interment in New Westwood Cemetery. Visiting hours Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Folsom Funeral Home, 649 High St. Westwood. In lieu of flowers donations to the First Baptist Church of Westwood Memorial Fund, address listed above, would be appreciated.



Guestbook Entries

  1. Bill and Jennifer Stinchfield
    December 2nd, 2015 | 8:34 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Salisbury family.
    Your mom left a beautiful legacy and we have very fond memories of both her and your dad. Truly, a life to be celebrated.
    God bless you,
    Bill and Jen Stinchfield

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