Dorothy Voorhis

Obituary of Dorothy B. Voorhis

Dorothy (“Doffy”) Burgess Voorhis died peacefully in her home on Lake Champlain on Sunday, August 22, 2021 under the care of her loving family and High Peaks Hospice. She celebrated her 91st birthday this past Thursday. The middle daughter of Robert and Dorothy (Cross) Burgess, she was born in Manhattan. She spent most of her life in the suburb of Pelham. She graduated with a degree in Economics from Wellesley College. She worked for Proctor & Gamble for seventeen years. Along with her late husband, H M Baird Voorhis, Doffy was a very active volunteer in her community and church. In Pelham these included the United Way, the Girl Scouts, the Pelham Arts Center, and Huguenot Memorial Church. In Essex, which became her official home after retirement, she was active with the Adirondack Art Museum, the Belden Noble Memorial Library, and the Essex Community Church. For a number of years Baird and Doffy spent a couple of months in the winter volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Americus, Georgia. She often said that her greatest accomplishment was raising four “pretty good” kids: Dorrie Voorhis Graul, Henry M B Voorhis Jr (Cindy), Marcia Voorhis Andrew (Will), and Steven Coerte Voorhis (Grace). Her legacy continues with ten grandchildren: Katie (Kevin), Jess, Marty, Alex, Rachel, Sarah, Mark, Robby, Harry, and Anna as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was pre-deceased by her sisters, Mary Ellen Burgess and Margaret Burgess Cammack, and her son-in-law, Terry Graul. A memorial service is planned for August 2022. Memorial gifts suggested to Essex Community Church. Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055.
A Memorial Tree was planted for Dorothy
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