HANNAWA FALLS -- Dorothy P. Earle, 87, passed away peacefully on November 23, 2017, at Canton-Potsdam Hospital with family by her side.
Born on July 27, 1930, in Malone to Avery and Mildred (Dora) Perham, Dorothy graduated from Franklin Academy High School. After high school, she attended the Childs Hospital Practical Nursing School in Albany, graduating in 1951, and working in Albany as a nurse until her marriage in 1953.
She married Paul E. Earle on May 8, 1953, in Malone. Initially, the couple settled in Burke before moving to Hannawa Falls in July 1957.
The couple was happily married for 64 years and in a fateful way, they passed only seven days apart from each other. Although sad for their family, they wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. They were a team and belonged together, forever and always.
She is survived by five children: Donna Earle Seymour (Glenn), Potsdam, Susan Earle Dragan (Bob), Albuquerque, NM, Paul F. (Skip) Earle (Carole), Key West, FL, James A. Earle (Charlene), Salt Lake City, UT, and Robert F. Earle (Angela), Syracuse, 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Joyce Denny of Potsdam. She is also survived by her “adopted” son, Mike Goliber of Hannawa Falls.
She was also predeceased by her siblings, Eleanor Howard, Norma Cromp, Fred Perham, and a grandson, Joseph P. Earle.
Dorothy Earle was the epitome of grace and harmony. She worked tirelessly to maintain a happy, welcoming home for her family and friends. Listening to understand was one of her greatest strengths. Leaning forward, smiling, and nodding her head, she would wait for you to finish and then ask questions, seeking to understand more. Whether it was her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a friend or acquaintance, Dorothy was invested in the relationship. She was everybody’s friend.
Dorothy was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Hannawa Falls Volunteer Fire Department, volunteering her time in support of each fund-raising activity. She was known as the Pie Lady of Hannawa for many years, baking countless pies for community church bake sales and the annual fireman’s field day dinner.
Arrangements are with the Donaldson-Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam.
After a private burial, the family will hold a celebration of life at their convenience at a later date.
If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Hannawa Falls Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 39, Hannawa Falls, NY 13647.
The Earle Family wishes to thank the doctors and medical staff of the Center for Cancer Care and Canton-Potsdam Hospital for the consideration and care they gave her.
Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.donaldsonseymour.com.