Name: Dorothy May Wilkinson 1
Reference Number: 8223
Birth: 26 SEP 1912 1
Death: 28 MAR 2005
Obituary of Dorothy May Wilkinson (1912-2005)
DURHAM - Dorothy May Wilkinson, 92, died Monday, March 28, 2005, at Hillcrest Convalescent Center.
Born on September 26, 1912, she was the daughter of Samuel Clair and Margaret Frances Cooper Wilkinson. She spent her early years in Prospect Hill, where she was a member of Griers Presbyterian Church. She graduated from Red Springs High School while living with her grandmother in Red Springs.
She attended Duke University Nursing School, graduating in 1936. She worked at Duke Hospital for about a year becoming a private duty nurse in the Durham community. Dorothy was a popular, caring nurse, loved by the many patients for whom she cared, even accompanying one patient and her family to New York City for six months before returning to Durham. In 1955, she joined the Duke School of Nursing faculty and in 1957 became House Counselor at Hanes House, dormitory for the Duke student nurses. She retired in 1978. Dorothy was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award from Duke in 1980.
She was an active member of Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, the Duke Alumni Association, and the P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter F until the last few years when declining health prevented her participation.
"Dottie", as she was affectionately known by her friends and the Duke student nurses at Hanes House, had a characteristic laugh that immediately lifted the spirits of all in her presence. Her positive outlook and Christian principles influenced many lives. Dorothy had no children of her own, but she raised her younger siblings when their mother died in 1924. She was also like a second mother to her nieces and nephews and their families and was always involved in their lives.
Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, S.C. and Frances Cooper Wilkinson; a brother, Dr. William E. Wilkinson; and sisters, Elizabeth Wilkinson, Edith Wilkinson, Cornelia Satterfield, and Katherine Allen. She is survived by a brother, James Clair Wilkinson and wife, Annie Laurie, of Prospect Hill; nieces, Martha Woods and husband, Andy, of Yanceyville, Jeanne Rudick and husband, David, of Hartsville, S.C., Anne Bassett and husband, Dr. Frank, of Durham; nephews, Bob Wilson and wife Jeanette, of Raleigh, Bill Wilkinson and wife, Joan, of Beckley, W.Va., David Wilson and wife, Lea, of Reidsville, Phil Allen and wife, Susan, of Reidsville, Jimmy Wilkinson and wife, Sheila, of Prospect Hill, and Mike Allen and wife, Branch, of Amelia, Va.; 14 great nieces and nephews and 14 great-great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by Marguerite Lloyd, beloved friend and assistant.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2005, at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Donovan Drake officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church; The Duke University School of Nursing Mildred Holley Weeks and Dorothy Wilkinson Scholarship Fund or The P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter F. Arrangements are with - Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.
Father: Samuel Clair Wilkinson b: 28 FEB 1881
Mother: Margaret Frances Cooper b: 28 MAR 1881
- Details: The Wilkinson Family: A Genealogy Beginning with Thomas Wilkinson and Catharine Wilkinson of Antrim County, Ireland, Mrs. Myrtle Wilkinson Smith and Mrs. Edith Wilkinson Wilson, Compilers (1960, 1978)