Brattleboro- Dorothy Ella, “Dottie” Hilton, 70 of Townshend, a lifelong resident of the West River Valley passed away peacefully, Tuesday morning, March 12, 2019 at Pine Heights Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Dottie was born in the late Dr. Carlos Otis’s station wagon enroute to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital in Dummerston on November 1, 1948, the daughter of Frederick and Noma (Perry) Sanderson. She was raised and educated in Newfane and was a graduate of Leland & Grey Seminary, Class of 1967.
She had been employed as assistant activities director at the former Stratton House and Hines Home in Townshend where she retired from in 2006. Previously and for several years she worked at the Holiday Inn on Putney Road.
Active civically, she served as a cub scout den mother for Pack #447 in West Brattleboro and for several years was scout commissioner for BSA, Fort Dummer District. A woman of faith, she was a member of First Congregational Church in Newfane and later First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro.
Dottie was an avid reader especially the Archer Mayor detective series, enjoyed watching her soap operas and liked taking vacation trips to the coast of Maine, especially Boothbay Harbor. She also was fond of small animals especially cats.
On January 25, 1969 at the Newfane Congregational Church she was married to Barry B. Hilton who survives. The couple recently celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary which was attended by family and many friends.
Besides her faithful and devoted husband, she leaves her five children, son Christopher Hilton and wife Dawn of Bellows Falls, daughters, Heidi Bowers and husband Bill of Essex Jct., Kim Peters and her husband Brian of Townshend, Holly Hilton of Moretown, Vermont and Karen Hilton of Brandon, Vermont, one sister, Rebecca McKenny of Brattleboro, three brothers, Curtis Sanderson of Bridgewater, Robert Sanderson of Jamaica and Ronald Sanderson of Townshend.
Additionally, she is survived by four grandchildren, Dylan, Aislin, Trevor and Lliam, many nieces, nephews and several cousins.
She was predeceased by one sister, Elizabeth Putnam (2018).
A memorial gathering in celebration of her life will be held at the Newbrook Fire Station on Route 30 on Saturday, March 23’Rd from 12 Noon until 2 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Windham County Humane Society, P.O. Box 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302.
Dottie’s family would like to convey their heartfelt appreciation to the staff and management at Pine Heights for the wonderful and tender care she received during her stay.