Dorothy “Dot” Mae (Kelly) Hussey, 93, lifelong resident of Peabody, passed on peacefully from natural causes Thursday evening at the Sunrise at Gardner Park residence in Peabody. She was the beloved wife of the late Norman E. Hussey, who passed on in 2004, and the sister of the late Roland D. Kelly. Dot was also the longtime companion of her dedicated partner Bill McAdoo of Saugus.
Dorothy was born on July 4, 1927, in Peabody, daughter of the late Norman A. Kelly and Jessie Christina (MacPhail) Kelly. She was raised and educated in Peabody.
Prior to her retiring well into her 80s, she worked as a bookkeeper for her nephew’s company, Kelly Auto Group. Before that, Dot was a loving homemaker and worked as a waitress at various local restaurants. She was an active member of the former Cy Tenny Club in Peabody, a Cub Scout Den Leader, and a Girl Scout Leader.
The essence of Dot is not easily summarized. She was a unique and profoundly kind person- always a pleasure to be around, having a positive outlook on any situation, and never wanting to inconvenience others. With a warm smile and loving heart, she worked to provide a life for her family envied by many. She had an uncanny ability to make others feel welcomed and special. Dot enjoyed horseback riding, dancing, connecting with her “lunch bunch”, traveling, and most importantly, celebrating the big and little life events of family and friends.
Dorothy is survived by her son, Norman Hussey, Jr. and his wife Amy along with their children Dorothy and Edana of Middleton; her daughter Debra Golini and Debbie’s life partner Philip Eaton of Danvers; her adult grandchildren, Lisa Golini of Saugus, and Keri (Golini) Goodson and her husband Derek of Merrimac, MA and Richard Carr and his wife Caitlin of Bow, NH and several great grand-children.
Her family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Sunrise at Gardner Park, for the care and compassion given to Dorothy during her time there.
Funeral services for Dorothy will be held privately with a celebration of life at a later date, after the pandemic. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to ALS Therapy Development Institute, 300 Technology Square, Suite 400, Cambridge, MA 02139 and to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St. Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923
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