Dora A. BurnellMarch 07,2013
Dora A. Burnell
Dora A. Burnell
WATERBURY — Dora A. Burnell, 80, passed away at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin on Monday, March 4, 2013. Born in Moretown on Jan. 29, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Margaret (Shaw) Preston. On June 5, 1954, she married Henry “Joe” Burnell in Waterbury. Joe predeceased Dora on Feb. 17, 2000.
Dora attended schools in Waterbury and went on to work as a psychiatric technician for the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury for over 10 years. A resident for over 40 years of Duxbury, where she raised her family, Dora moved to the village of Waterbury following the death of her husband, Joe.
Her memberships included being a longtime member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, Emerald Rebekah Lodge 33 and the Waterbury Area Senior Citizens. In her leisure time, she enjoyed all types of craftwork, puzzles and watching television.
Dora is survived by her three sons, Henry J. Burnell and his wife, Kim, of Zillah, Wash., William Burnell and his wife, Cathy, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Robert Hurd-Burnell and his wife, Kelly, of Duxbury; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; her companion, Raymond Eastman, of Waterbury; her brother-in-law, Cloyd “Red” Cary Jr., of Waterbury; as well as nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her stepfather, William Cameron, and two sisters, Grace King and Helen Cary.
Memorial services will be held from the Wesley United Methodist Church in Waterbury on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow at the Waterbury Senior Center. Later inurnment will take place in the Waterbury Center Cemetery.
Dora requested, in lieu of flowers, that memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Wesley United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 214, Waterbury, VT 05676; or to the Emerald Rebekah Lodge 33, c/o Louise Welch, 1712 Shaw Mansion Road, Waterbury Center, VT 05677. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences, please visit us at www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook.
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