Thousand Oaks, Calif. - Dorothy Juscen Webster, 88, passed away peacefully with her daughter, Lillian Webster Lennox, at her side on December 1, 2016 of complications associated with her long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
She was born December 4, 1927 in Brattleboro, Vermont to Joseph and Lillian (Reome) Juscen. Dorothy lived in Brattleboro throughout her childhood and graduated from Brattleboro High School in 1945. She worked as a secretary at Crosby Milling for 15 years, at C.E. Bradley Labs for ten years and as an office manager for Connecticut General Insurance for seven years. While working at Crosby Milling, she was introduced to George Webster by a friend. George enlisted in the Navy after Dorothy turned down his marriage proposal but she soon regretted her decision and they were married in 1955 at Saint Michael's Catholic Church.
They bought their first home together on Chapin Street and raised their only child, Lillian, who was born in 1957, in that same home. The Websters moved to Monroe, New Hampshire in 1977 when George accepted a promotion from New England Power Company. Their next home was in Hinsdale, New Hampshire from 1983-1989, where Dorothy began volunteering at the library and public school to help children learn to read.
In 1989, George and Dorothy fulfilled their long-term dream of retiring in Florida by moving to Ft. Myers. She continued to pursue her passion for helping children learn to read, and volunteered in several capacities at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, including the gift and thrift shops with her husband, George. The Websters made a cross country move to Camarillo, California in 2008 to be near their only child, Lillian Webster Lennox, as Dorothy's health began to decline. She spent her last two years at Compassionate Care Home in Thousand Oaks, California.
Dorothy enjoyed flower gardening, playing the organ and knitting, but the highlights of her later years were her regular visits with her grandchildren, who eagerly awaited "Mimi's" arrival with her "grandma bag" full of books. All five of her grandchildren attribute their love for reading to her. Although she lived far away from her daughter and grandchildren, they all could count on an annual birthday phone call and rendition of Happy Birthday, sung by George and Dorothy, accompanied by the organ.
Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Lillian Juscen, and her siblings, Nancy Juscen Goldsmith and Joseph F. Juscen, Jr. She is survived by her devoted husband and best friend of 64 years, George H. Webster; her sister, Stacia (Juscen) Simmons of Amesbury, MA; her only child, Lillian (Webster) Lennox and her husband, Gregory P. Lennox of Thousand Oaks, CA; five grandchildren, Meredith Ann Lennox Chase and her husband Nathan Chase, Emily Luora Mueller-Lennox and her husband Sven-Kristian Mueller-Lennox, Natalie Katherine Lennox, Abigail Michel Lennox Hopkins and her husband Steven Hopkins, and Christopher Mateo Lennox; along with two great grandchildren, many cousins, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephew.
A Memorial Mass will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2016 at Saint Kilian Church in Mission Viejo, California. Committal Rites and burial in St. Michael's Cemetery in Brattleboro, Vermont will be held Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Justin Baker, pastor of St. Michael's Catholic Church, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Dorothy's favorite charity, Guadalupe Center, 509 Hope Circle, Immokalee, FL 34142 "in honor of Dorothy Webster". Guadalupe Center helps children through education, which is exactly what Dorothy enjoyed doing during her lifetime.