Sunday, July 10, 2016

Obituary: Dorothy "Dot" L. (Collins) Whitwood, 78, Wellsville

Dorothy "Dot" L. (Collins) Whitwood, 78, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2016. She was born June 15, 1938, a lifelong resident of Wellsville, NY and a 1956 Wellsville High School graduate.
She was a stay-at-home mom to her five children and a "surrogate mom" to many neighborhood children. She was a devoted wife and mother. She loved her role as a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Dorothy worked at Davies Department Store part-time, a job she dearly loved. She also helped her husband in their business, Whitwood Motors. She was a longtime active member of the Wellsville Fire Department Auxiliary.
Dorothy is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, William Whitwood, whom she married on December 1, 1956, and her five children, Victoria (John) Morris, Shelley Valentine, Bill Whitwood, Lisa Whitwood and Rick Whitwood. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Shannon (Jason) Young, Danica Morris and Adam Morris, all of North Carolina; Tracy Valentine, Katie (Dave) Faulkner and John Valentine of Wellsville; Casey (Pete) Harrison of Rexville, Amber (Kenny) White of Baltimore, Nicole (D'Angelo) Carey of Arkport, Rick (Jamie) Whitwood of Buffalo and Stella Whitwood of Wellsville; and 21 great-grandchildren, Kedian and Dezlyn Morris, Kamden Saunders, Lennox, Charleigh, Casyn and Merci Tillery; Niklas, Chloe, Gabriel and Rhett Young, Lola Sollinger, Ayla and Easton Faulkner, Gracie Long, Jarrett and Colten Billings, Annabella and Rosemary Harrison and Caden and Jace Carey. She was also survived by her beloved dog Gunner.
Dorothy loved to attend all her children and grandchildren's sporting events and other activities. She loved music, being surrounded by a very musical family. She also loved to do crossword puzzles and read, often reading several books a week. Dorothy was an avid patron of the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville and memorial donations can be made there or to a charity of the donor's choice.
In keeping with Dorothy's wishes, there will be no viewing or funeral service. The family will have a private celebration of her life at a later date.