Dorothy "Dore" Firth, 62, died from throat cancer on June 16, 2019 at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital surrounded by friends and family.
She was born April 9, 1957, the youngest child of Victor and Mally Coty of Stowe. She graduated from SHS early, moving on to study art and music at Young Harris College.
She continued pursing her interest in art by studying landscape painting with Frank Mason for many summers. For a time she opened a sewing and alteration business, Nimble Rustics, that also sold her art work. Later she completed a year-long program in Printing Technologies at Green Mt Tech Center and went on to work for the Hardwick Gazette. She also created a layout, design and calligraphy business called The Pen & Brush.
Dore married, had her daughter and built a home in Nebraska Valley. But she struggled with alcoholism. After rehab, she moved to Brattleboro where she worked briefly for the School of International Training, and then for the publishing services firm Jouve for the next ten years. She had found a place to start anew, living out the miracle of recovery for 13 years until her recent death.
Dore inherited from Mally and Vic a passion for studying the natural world, which manifested most recently in her creating wild-harvested medicinal tinctures and salves.
She joined the chorus group Rock Voices, with whom she rediscovered her true love of singing, developing strong friendships and a community she cherished. In many concerts she excelled in singing solo parts that were complex and challenging. Her Rock Voices family rallied around her from the time she fell ill to her death.
Dore was a loving mother, fun-loving, sweet, sensitive, kind and generous. She was also independent, headstrong, quickwitted, insightful, always demanding the truth with a fierce commitment to being herself at all times. She loved the effects of light, anything with color, sunsets, fireworks, cats, dogs and beaches. She persevered with exemplary courage and spirit right to the end.
Dore leaves behind: her daughter Fey Kennedy and granddaughter Saoirse; sister Anne Steel (John) and nephews Willy and Chip Steel; brother Lewis Coty (Audrey) and nephews Freedle and Emil Coty; and many friends.
Rock Voices will be hosting Dore's Celebration of Life on July 13, 2019, 2pm at the Kiwanis shelter at the top of Living Memorial Park in Brattleboro. All are welcome.
Gifts in Dore's memory may be made to the Rock Voices Scholarship Fund. Please make checks out to "Rock Voices" but also be sure to include "Scholarship / Dore" in the memo. Send to Rock Voices, P.O. Box 623, Hadley, MA 01035.