Dorothy Porter


Obituaries / Jul. 30, 2015 10:13am EDT

Randolph, Vt.—Dorothy Titus Porter passed away at the age of 90 on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the Mayo Extended Care Facility in Northfield, Vt., where she had been a resident for the past eight months.

She was born on the Titus family farm off Mud Lane in Vershire, on August 2, 1924 to parents, Charles Wellington and Marcia Godfrey Titus. She was one of nine siblings that grew up in Vershire and East Bethel.

“Dot,” as she liked to be called, was educated in Vershire schools and graduated from Thetford Academy in 1942. After graduation, she moved to Randolph, Vt., and was employed at Savages Mill doing war production work. While in Randolph, she met Fred Orin Porter and married him on August 30, 1943.

Fred and Dot spent their first married years in Brattleboro, Vt., where she was first employed at Hildreth’s Press doing type settling and proof reading. Later, she joined her husband Fred working at the American Optical Co.

Dot and Fred, along with friends Perley and Valeda Pierce, also of Brattleboro, started the VE Day Parade when word was received World War II had ended. The group found tin gasoline cans and started marching, shortly joined by others, some of whom got in front of them as they marched down the streets celebrating the war’s end.

In 1948, their first son, Gary, was born, following by a second son, Dwight in 1949.

In the early 1950s, they moved back to Vershire briefly, and then to White River Jct., Vt., where Fred was employed as a cook at the Veterans Hospital. From 1955 to 1962, they lived in West Hartford, Vt., and Dot worked at the Hartford Grammar School, cooking hot lunch.

In 1963, they purchased and operated the Mannequin Restaurant in South Royalton, Vt. Dot made as many as 28 pies each day, earning a reputation in the surrounding area for her pies. They sold the restaurant in 1972 and moved to Randolph, where she eventually worked at the Porter Music Box Co. for her son, Dwight and his wife, Mary. She made the pins and then did the work—a very precise task that involved making each pin (sometimes as many as 10,000 per cylinder). Dot also braided at least 100 braided rugs, went fishing with Fred, and worked in her flower gardens.

She was an excellent scrabble player, enjoyed putting puzzles together and going to yard sales with Fred, and attending the Randolph Senior Center. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, and later with her greatgrandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Fred O. Porter, who died in 1997; three brothers, Howard Titus, Elwin Titus, and Charles Titus; and four sisters, Marion Grant, Margaret LeCount, Irene Button, and Rose Ricker.

She is survived by her sons, Gary Porter of Melbourne, Fla., and Dwight Porter and his wife, Mary of Randolph, Vt.; her sister, Clara Gilman of Chelsea, Vt.; grandsons, Shawn, Chad, and Michael; great-grandchildren, Kilee and her brother, Keegan, and great-grandson, Travis; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Dot will be remembered for her wisdom, smile, and can-do attitude by all those who knew and loved her. She will be missed by all.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. at the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea, Vt. A funeral service will take place Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. at the United Church of Chelsea in Chelsea, Vt. The interment will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mayo Residential Care, Activities Fund, 610 Water Street, Northfield, Vt. 05663. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at

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