Dorothy C. Dayton II, touched countless lives

June 26, 2013

Dorothy Chisholm Dayton II of Lewes died early Thursday morning, June 20, 2013. She was born May 5, 1955, in Portland, Me.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Captain Jay P. Dayton, USCG and Dorothy C. Dayton. She is survived by her brother, Jay P. Dayton Jr.; her beloved aunts, Helen Chisholm and Agnes Dollard; her partner Gary Herron; and other nieces, nephews and numerous other friends here in Delaware and nationwide. Dorothy was never married and had no children. Her "children" were her horse and her pets. Dorothy was active in her community and touched countless lives as a friend of Bill W.

Dorothy graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park where she received her bachelor of science degree in animal sciences. She attended The Washington School for Secretaries and later attended Morven Park Equestrian Institute in Virginia.

Dorothy bled Burgundy and Gold and was a lifelong Redskins fan. She liked tennis, loved living near the water and loved the beach. Dorothy was as generous as the day is long and deeply compassionate about the environment and the preservation of the planet. Dorothy was an expert equestrienne and was always giving of herself when she wasn’t riding her horse. Dorothy gave of herself up until she took her last breath. As an organ donor, she gave her beautiful blue eyes and skin tissue to the Gift of Life Foundation. Dorothy was an angel who walked among us and will be dearly missed.

A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 29, at St. George’s Chapel, 20274 Beaver Dam Road at Route 23 in Harbeson. Interment is private.

For expressions of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, Dorothy would welcome donations to her favorite charities, of which there are too many to list, but they include The American Heart Association, The American Red Cross, All Saints’ Episcopal Church of Rehoboth Beach, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Sussex County Delaware Humane Society, Delaware ASPCA, Ducks Unlimited and Southern Delaware Therapeutic and Recreational Horseback Riding Inc.


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