Monday, August 13, 2012

D is for Dot

       
Dot was a farm wife extraordinaire!  When Dorothy Alice Good married Clarence Smith, son of Russell and Beatrice Graver Smith on the first day of February in 1948, she knew from that day on she would work along side Clarence to make their dairy farm on Gravelhill Road  in Lower Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania  prosper.  Dot could be found in the barn at milking time, or in the old summer kitchen when it was time to butcher the pigs they raised.  And before her children, Ronald and Melody  were born and her time was needed in the house, it was not uncommon to see her driving the tractor at hay making time. 
   
The farmhouse on Gravelhill Road.
She was a wonderful cook, well known for her bountiful table.  Preparing meals of fried chicken, roast beef, roast pork, stuffing, homemade sauerkraut, and fresh vegetables from her garden was second nature to Mom.  Dinner wasn't complete without homemade ice cream, cake, or pie.   Dot spent the summer months canning and freezing garden produce.  She also made several kinds of pickles and relishes, which were always served at family dinners along with her homemade jams and jellies.

Born January 23, 1925, Dorothy Alice Good was the daughter of Earl and Edna Frey Good of Richmond, Pennsylvania.   Dot was the oldest child in a family of five, which included Miriam, Marie, Alfred and Arthur.


She accepted her role as big sister throughout her life, often hostessing family get togethers.  Dorothy was a faithful member of the Trinity UCC Church.  She belonged to the Adult Sunday School Class and the Women's Guild. She could always be counted on to lend a helping hand at church suppers.  She is remembered for her caring concern for others.  It was her habit to send cards to the sick and to visit those who  were home bound.


     




She was a good wife, mother, sister and auntie.  Isn’t this the sweetest picture of Dot and Clarence?   There was always laughter in their home!


  
Dot and Clarence were married 35 years when he passed away on January 3, 1983.  Dot  died  four years later on June 2, 1987.  They are buried  in the Saint Peters UCC Church Cemetery at Seemsville, Pennsylvania. 
      Thanks Mom for raising such a fine son as Ronnie, my  hubby!



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