Dorothy Healy

Dorothy R. Healy (Connolly)

Thursday, September 27th, 1923 - Sunday, March 1st, 2020
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HEALY, Dorothy R. (Connolly), 96, on March 1 in Danvers. Formerly of South Yarmouth, Chatham and Arlington, she was the devoted wife of the late Daniel A. Healy, Jr. and the loving mother of a son and four daughters.

In equal and generous measures, Dot possessed compassion, practical intelligence and a spirit of encouragement. Nursing came naturally to her, and she earned her RN in the early 1940s after training at the New England Hospital for Women and Children. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, caring for wounded sailors at the San Diego Naval Hospital and the Chelsea (MA) Sailors’ Home.

After war’s end, American Airlines recruited Dot to be one of its first flight attendants; only registered nurses, female and unmarried, were eligible. Her marriage mandated retirement, and she joined the Arlington Public School System. She served as a school nurse and ultimately as Supervisor for the System’s entire health program. In 1955 she returned to school to earn her B.S. in Nursing Education from Boston College.

Raised in Arlington, Dot was an active member of numerous town organizations fostering education and public health, and served as Co-Chair with her husband of the Friends of the Robbins Library. She also loved Chatham, where she and Dan spent every possible moment of every summer for over 60 years. They retired to a house spacious enough to host 25 years of many gatherings for family and friends. To her delight, her grandchildren considered the house a second home. She and her twin sister Mary Edmonds shared a special bond of love, humor and faith. She cherished her Irish heritage, even if not the freckles that came with it.

She rarely sat still, excelled at quilting and loved to play bridge. Despite a culture that then discouraged raising a family and simultaneously having a career, she chose to do both, and did both well. She loved her family and friends unconditionally, cheered their triumphs and with true understanding shared their sorrows.

She is survived by her sister Mary of Cotuit, MA; by her children: Daniel (Greenwood, SC), Mary (Los Angeles, CA), Dorothy (Portland, OR), Ellen Cross (Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA) and Paula English (San Ramon, CA); and by eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of almost 70 years; parents Peter Joseph and Sarah (Henehan) Connolly; brother and sister, Peter J. Connolly Jr. and Catherine Connolly Halliwell; and granddaughter, Jennifer A. Pagliaro.

Funeral arrangements have been postponed. Please check back for updates. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made St. Pius X Parish School, 321 Wood Road, South Yarmouth, MA 02664.
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Doug Kelly

Posted at 05:55pm
Condolences to the entire Healy family, our wonderful friends and Chatham neighbors for so many years.

Maireen Newell

Posted at 05:04pm
I have very happy memories of living next door to Dot and all the Healys on Jason St. in Arlington.
We had so much fun ! ! : ) ****** There were children everywhere in all seasons ******
Dot was happily in the center of it all ***** with her great good humour, kindness and good sense *****
--Maireen Newell



Posted at 01:33pm
We are friends of her twin sister, Mary Edmonds of Cotuit, MA. Mary has told me so much about her sister dot. Mary and Dot were the closest of friends and sisters. Our hearts go out to Mary and Dot's family. Just thinking of you all and know that we think Mary is a precious member of out community and we are watching over her. Again, so sorry for your loss. Cindy and Tim Moran, 481 Cotuit Bay Drive, Cotuit, MA 02635

Ginny C Posted at 10:21pm

I have great memories of spending a week in the summer with my best friend Erin at her Grandma Dot's house in Chatham in the early 90's. "Grammy" treated a house full of us like we were all her own grandchildren. What a wonderful family and a great lady. The world needs more like her!! Love, Ginny, Erin's BFF

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