Dorothy Ra­gan Wilkins


Dorothy Ra­gan Wilkins, 98, of Broomall, PA, passed away on Novem­ber 2, 2016. She was the daugh­ter of Dr. David M. Ra­gan and Rose Shoff Ra­gan.

Dot was born in Conowingo, MD, on May 18, 1918. Af­ter start­ing her school­ing in a one room school­house, she proudly at­tended Ja­cob Tome In­sti­tute in Port De­posit, MD. Af­ter grad­u­a­tion, Dot moved to the big city, Wilm­ing­ton, where she was em­ployed first by the Di­a­mond State Tele­phone Com­pany and then Bell Tele­phone Co. of PA. There she met her hus­band, Ge­orge, who pre­de­ceased her. She was also pre­de­ceased by six broth­ers and a sis­ter.

In 2016, Dot was in­cluded in a Mary­land PBS doc­u­men­tary about the build­ing of the Conowingo Dam. She was one of the few still liv­ing who re­mem­bered the old town be­fore it was flooded by the com­ple­tion of the dam. In her teen years, she swam across the Susque­hanna River, fol­lowed by a boyfriend in a row­boat.

Dot was a mem­ber of the Pythian Sis­ters lodge. When the chap­ter dis­banded some of the mem­bers con­tin­ued to meet to laugh and play cards and the “Jolly Girls” still do so to this day. Her fa­vorite times were those spent with her flow­ers or on a sunny beach. She was also a life mem­ber of the Broomall Fire Aux­il­iary.

Dot is sur­vived by her two chil­dren: Wil­liam (Deb­o­rah) and Diane; two grand­sons: Michael (Mau­reen) and An­drew (Ash­ley); and two great grand­chil­dren: Grace and Ja­cob. She also leaves be­hind nu­mer­ous lov­ing rel­a­tives and friends.

Vis­i­ta­tion will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dan­jolell Me­mo­rial Home, 2811 W. Ch­ester Pike, Broomall, PA, on Satur­day, Nov. 12. In­ter­ment will be pri­vate.

In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions may be made to the Broomall Fire Co., 10 N Ma­lin Road, Broomall, PA 19008.


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