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Dorothy Joan Mackey, a cherished mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2024, at the age of 94, in Philmont, NY. Born on January 26, 1930, in Newburgh, NY, Dorothy, affectionately known as "Gram" to her extensive family, lived a life marked by love, generosity, and a spirited passion for the simple pleasures in life.
Dorothy's journey began as the daughter of Frank and Hazel DeGroat Bross, and she grew up alongside her sister Christine White. Her early years set the stage for a life filled with warmth and dedication to her family. Dorothy's heart found its match in her beloved husband, Frank Mackey, with whom she shared many joyful years until his passing in 1993. Together, they built a legacy of love and family, a legacy that Dorothy continued to nurture until her final days.
Her pride and joy were her children—three daughters, Dorothy "Sis" Rotella, Alice Curley, and Francine Stanford, and three sons, Michael, Frank, and Patrick Mackey. Dorothy's family grew to include a delightful tapestry of twenty grandchildren and twenty-nine great-grandchildren, with the recent joy of welcoming a great-great-grandchild into the fold. Each one held a special place in her heart, and she cherished every moment she spent with them. Though she faced the sorrow of losing her son Donald in 2005, Dorothy's resilient spirit and the love of her family carried her through.
A long-standing resident of the area for over fifty years, Dorothy's presence was a constant in the community, where she was known for her caring nature and willingness to lend a hand to those in need. Her work history and community involvement painted a picture of a woman dedicated to the well-being of others, and her nurturing spirit was felt by all who knew her.
Dorothy found joy in the simplicity of daily life. Her flower gardens were a source of pride and beauty, a testament to her love for nature and the outdoors. Neighbors often spotted her taking her daily walks, a practice she believed kept her mind and body healthy. Her favorite color, red, was a reflection of her vibrant personality and the love that she so freely gave.
Not only was Dorothy known for her kindheartedness, but she was also renowned for her culinary skills. Family gatherings were never complete without her famous potato salad, fat macaroni, and homemade cranberry sauce. Her recipes were cherished by all and will remain a delicious legacy to be passed down through generations.
Dorothy's leisure time was filled with the thrills of TV Westerns and the excitement of Monday night wrestling, which brought her much enjoyment and laughter. Her interests were varied, but the common thread was always the pleasure she found in the company of her loved ones.
Having lived formerly in Phoenicia and most recently in Cairo, NY, Dorothy's life was a journey through different landscapes, but her essence remained unchanged—a woman of strength, love, and unwavering dedication to her family.
Predeceased by her parents, her husband Frank, her son Donald, and her sister Christine, Dorothy leaves behind a legacy that will continue to flourish through her loving family and the many lives she touched. Her memory will be cherished and kept alive in the stories shared, the laughter remembered, and the love that binds her family together.
Dorothy Joan Mackey's life was a tapestry woven with love, care, and the joy of living each day to its fullest. She will be deeply missed, but her spirit will continue to inspire those who were fortunate enough to have known her.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday Feb. 7th at 11am at the St. Francis de Sales Church Main St. Phoenicia. Burial in the Hudler Cemetery. Friends will be received on Tuesday from 1 to 3pm and 5-7pm at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home 87 Main St. Phoenicia. You may share a special memory, photo, or condolence with the family on Dorothy's Tribute Wall at www.gormleyfuneralhome.com