MERIDEN - Dorothy May Birdsey, 89, a quiet gentle lady, passed away peacefully Monday morning, Feb. 4, 2008, under the loving care of the CT Baptist Home. Dorothy was born on Nov. 12, 1918, the eldest of five children of Esther Waterman Birdsey and Garton Lewis Birdsey. Dorothy attended Meriden schools and was a graduate of Meriden High School, Class of 1936. She was a graduate of Hartford Secretarial School. She was a dedicated employee of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company for over 45 years, working as an Executive Secretary. Her daily commute to Hartford was made by bus and then by train each day in all kinds of weather. She was a respected and valued employee! She was a member of the First Baptist Church, having served on various boards, organizations, being a choir member and playing handbells. Her church was the center of her devotion for her entire lifetime. She was also a member of the Tri-Town Kiwanis. Dorothy left this life within a short distance of her birthplace on Birdsey Avenue, but her generosity and love of family and life took her far from home on many travel adventures. She leaves behind two sisters, Lois Somerset and Rhoda Weyant (Mrs. Howard), both of Meriden and one brother, Kenneth M Birdsey (Mrs. Jean) of Wallingford, VT. Several nieces and nephews and greatnieces and greatnephews will all miss 'Aunt Dot'. She always had a bright twinkle in her eye and a smirky little smile when she saw them. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Burton L. Birdsey. A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Beecher & Bennett - Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. The Rev. Dr. Robert Prescott-Ezickson will officiate. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery. There will be visitation for one hour prior to the service. The family thanks the staff of the CT Baptist Home for making their home, her home. Gifts in her memory may be made to the CT Baptist Home, 292 Thorpe Ave., Meriden, CT 06450.

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  1. To my Auntie & cousin Jody Lee-I would like to extend my deep sympathy in the passing of Aunt Dot. You both were a big part of her life always, and,in more recent times you gave tirelessly to her well-being and comfort. It is never easy, but I hope you find peace and contentment in you unselfish deeds knowing you made a difference. I am very sorry I was not able to attend the service, but my heart is with you both. Love you, Susan Dawn

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