For many years there was not any place in town for the police officers to eat at night, so Dot offered to feed them which she did for years. Both Dot and her husband Arthur were very supportive of the police department.
Dot had worked with Howard Phillips, owner of Heath Insurance in Merrimac, where she worked for many years. Upon the death of Howard Phillips she went to work for City Insurance in Haverhill retiring as Vice President at the age of 70.
While she was working for Heath Insurance, she also became Town Clerk of Merrimac, a title she held for 25 years, retiring due to vision issues. Dot was a member of the Merrimac Housing Authority for eight years.
She became very active supporting and helping at the Merrimac Senior Center. She became a driving force to get the current location for the center and helped out about every day until her health would no longer allow.
She was a member of the Merrimacport United Methodist Church in Merrimac. When her husband, Arthur, passed away in 1978, she started to go to the Widows and Widowers Club in Haverhill. After a while there was a large group from Merrimac that belonged, so they started a club in Merrimac at the Senior Center.
She is survived by her daughters, Elaine and husband, Raymond Peters of Haverhill, and Caroline and husband, William Lewis of Virginia; grandchildren, James and wife, Louise Peters of Plaistow, N.H., Linda and husband, Robert of Dover, N.H., Robert Peters of Merrimac, Pamela and husband Richard Pearson of Haverhill, Sheila Belmer of Haverhill, Cynthia Boudwin of Haverhill, and Clifford and wife, Nancy Peters of Haverhill; 13 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
A special thanks and appreciation to all of the staff at Country Manor Rehabilitation in Newburyport, who all cared for Dot so many times and returned her home. Also the Merrimack Valley Hospice to help her journey to a much better final home.