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Dorothy M. Clinton, a lifelong resident of Hartwick, died early Sunday morning, June 27, 2010, in the home in which she was born, married, and resided. She was 82.
Born March 2, 1928, in the family home on West Main Street in Hartwick, she was a daughter of James Albert Maxwell and Janette Ainslie Maxwell. For many years, Dorothy’s father, James, owned and operated his funeral home on West Main Street. Raised in Hartwick, Dorothy was a graduate of Hartwick High School and was a member of the Hartwick United Methodist Church.
On Oct. 2, 1950, she married Robert A. Clinton in a ceremony at the Maxwell family home on West Main Street in Hartwick. Mr. Clinton died April 4, 1984.
After working for a brief time as a clerk at the former J.J. Newberry department store on Main Street in Cooperstown, Dorothy was employed for many years as a clerk with the Otsego County Department of Social Services, from which she retired.
Throughout her life, Dorothy cared passionately for animals, and over the years took in and cared for many stray cats and dogs at her home.
Dorothy is survived by her four children, Susan Shaw and her husband, Steven, of Denver, Colo., Bruce R. Clinton and his wife, Ann Marie, of Hartwick, Joan C. Williams and her husband, Thomas, of Richfield Springs, and David J. Clinton of Cooperstown. She is further survived by her eight grandchildren, Stacey Smith, Kristen Krueger, Michael Shaw, Jessica Pappis, Jacob Conklin, Harrison Clinton, Maxwell Clinton and Tanner Clinton; and seven great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Dorothy was predeceased by her brother, Harold Maxwell, who died in infancy; and her sister, Clara Maxwell, who died in 1978.
A funeral service for the family was offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at the Hartwick United Methodist Church with the Rev. Richard Stackhouse, pastor, officiating. The Service of Committal and Burial followed in the Maxwell family plot in Hartwick Cemetery. At Dorothy’s request, there were no calling hours.
The family suggests that as an alternative to flowers, contributions be made in her memory to Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  July 1, 2010
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