Celebrating the life of Dolores Munday Hawkins
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Dolores Ann Munday Hawkins, a dedicated member of the Otisville community, died unexpectedly on Sunday, August 1, 2010 at O.R.M.C. Horton Campus.
The daughter of the late William J. and Anna Jane Heckey Munday, she was born May 1, 1929 in Brooklyn, N.Y. A resident of the area since 1949, she was a retiree of the Middletown State Hospital. She also worked as a physician’s assistant to Dr. Samuel S. Shorter of Middletown and a dental assistant to A.J. DiBello, DDS.
In 1960, she co-founded and became a lifetime member of the Middletown Medical Assistants Association. She was also a member of Otisville Grange1020 and CSEA. She owned and operated the White Bridge Antique Shop in the late 60s and early 70s. Since 1977, she has served as a member of and longtime Chairman of the Community Advisory Board of Otisville Prison. She also volunteered as a spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Prisons; helping to promote the system in communities where prisons were proposed.
In 1987, she was appointed Historian -Curator of the town of Mt. Hope and in 1988, she founded the Mt. Hope Historical Society. She was responsible for the restoration of the Eleazer Harding House and the adjacent barn. Mrs. Hawkins was also active in other historic groups including the Orange County Historical Society, Historical Society of Middletown and Wallkill, Friends of Hill Hold, Historic Hudson Valley, Old Sturbridge Village and the Orange County Farmers Museum.
She was an environmental activist and member of Basha Kill Area Association. Dolores will be remembered for her love of nature, especially bluebirds; and her appreciation of and ability to maintain hospitality and a sense of history in her ever changing world.
She is survived by her one son John A. Hawkins Jr. and his wife Dianna of Charlotte N.C. and one granddaughter Jennifer Jes Helton Hawkins and her partner Wendy Marckwardt of Austin, TX; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings William, Anna Jane, Gertrude and Jeannette.
Her family wants to extend heartfelt thanks to the Lothrop family; Bill and Tamm, Linda, Gary and Mary Jo for their unwavering devotion to their aunt Dolores.
Visitation hours are from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM on Thursday. Aug. 5, 2010 at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc., 130 Highland Ave. Middletown, NY 10940. A funeral service will be held at 7:30pm Thurs. evening at the funeral home. Cremation will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Hawkins name may be made to the Eleazer Harding House, Mountain Road, Otisville, NY 10963.
Funeral arrangements under the direction the Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home. www.applebee-mcphillips.com
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