Derry bids farewell to elder citizen

TIM JEAN/File photoDerry is saying goodbye to its eldest honored citizen, Dorothy Stone. Stone, 99, died July 1 at Pleasant Valley Nursing Center in Derry. She received Derry's Boston Post Cane in March and was honored as the community's oldest citizen.

DERRY — The town has lost its honored eldest citizen.

Dorothy "Dot" Stone, 99, died July 1 at Pleasant Valley Nursing Center where she had been a resident.

In March, Stone was awarded Derry's Boston Post Cane, honoring her as the town's eldest citizen. She would have turned 100 years old later this month.

When Stone received her cane in a ceremony held at the nursing home, she said she was happy to have it.

"I was a bit worried," she said, "but I can't believe it."

Stone was born in Derry in a private home on Hillside Avenue in 1919 and lived in Derry all her life with the exception of eight months when she spent time in California with a friend.

She was a Pinkerton Academy graduate, Class of 1937.

Stone worked in many Derry businesses, including the former Derry Savings Bank, Buckley's Egg Express, and Pillsbury Furniture, and was a co-owner of America's Stonehenge in Salem, which she owned with former husband Robert Stone.

The mother of two children, son Dennis, and the late Kathy Stone Foti, Stone's family also included five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

At the Post Cane ceremony, Stone's granddaughter Kris Medina called Stone an amazing lady who cares about her family and friends.

"And when she lived at Derry Meadows, she planted all the plants and flowers," Medina said.

Son Dennis said his mother was very social, and loved people and to travel.

"She had so many friends," he said, adding the town of Derry treated his mother well.

Derry Heritage Commission Chairman Karen Blandford-Anderson said Stone was a lovely woman and would be missed by many.

"The whole team here at the Heritage Commission are so sad to hear of Dot’s passing," Blandford-Anderson said. "She was a really sweet lady and so excited to be our Boston Post Cane holder."

People on social media also paid tribute to Stone, making her the featured photo on the Bringing Derry Together (2013) page, as she proudly held her cane.

"You know she had a good life by the gathering of friends and her family to celebrate that day," Blandford-Anderson said. "We are thinking about them during this sad time."

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