SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Dorothy Ethel Fenton, 93, died June 7, 2018 at Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community in Windsor, Vt. She was born Nov. 11, 1924 in Elmont, Long Island, N.Y. and was the daughter of John and Hanna (Hyvonen) Bykko.
She graduated from Chester High School. On Dec. 19, 1942, she married Merrill Fenton in Chester. They lived in Chester until moving to a farm property in Springfield, Vt. in 1956. They raised a son, Richard, who married Barbara. Dotty is also survived by two grandchildren, Eric and Nicole and four great-grandchildren Natalie, Jacob, Austin, and Ava.
Dotty worked in the cost office at Jones & Lampson and later at Bryant Grinder Corp. During World War II, she joined her husband in Greensboro, N.C. and also Clovis Air Force Base in Clovis, N.M., where he was stationed. She joined the civil service and worked on B-29 and B-17 aircraft. She was assistant manager at a drug store in Chester and also a ski instructor at Okemo and Killington ski areas.
She and her husband enjoyed hiking mountains and visiting the seashore. Their interests included water skiing, camping, canoeing, fishing, riding motorcycles in the summer, and snowmobiles in the winter. They traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada in their motorhome.
Her hobbies include flower and vegetable gardening, photography, sewing, and furniture refinishing. One of her main interests was helping the underprivileged and elderly as an advocate and serving as a court appointed guardian. She was a member of the Windsor County Extension Service holding various capacities on the local and state levels.
She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Springfield, Vt.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by Merrill, her husband of 67 years; Alan E. Bykko, her brother; and Theresa M. Fenton, her granddaughter.
In accordance with Dorothy’s wishes, there will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt. Reverend Malcolm Fowler, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery in Springfield. There will be no calling hours.
Anyone wishing to make memorial donations is asked to make it to the Springfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT 05156 or to the Springfield Family Center, 365 Summer St., Springfield, VT 05156.