Dorothy M. Tisdale, a former Falmouth resident, died October 3 in Ormond Beach, Florida, where she had moved to spend her final years living with her son. Ms. Tisdale was 97.

The daughter of Leslie S. Washburn and Lottie Mae Barstow, she was born in Weymouth. She graduated from Rockland High School in 1940.

She married Everett Tisdale in 1941 and, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, her husband enlisted for military service. After the war the couple settled in Rockland, where they raised their children.

The family attended the Channing Unitarian Church and Ms. Tisdale taught Sunday School there. She also volunteered with the Girl Scouts.

She attended Brockton Business School, and when her youngest child was enrolled in school Ms. Tisdale began working as a secretary. She would eventually retire from Blue Cross of Massachusetts in Boston, where she held the position of executive secretary.

An accomplished seamstress, when her daughters got married, Ms. Tisdale made her own mother-of-the-bride dresses and the wedding attire for a bridesmaid and ring bearer; later she would make special outfits for her granddaughters.

Her retirement years were spent predominately in Falmouth. In addition to several part-time jobs, she kept busy with community service. She found great reward in volunteering at Around the Table, helping to serve meals to those in need at St. Barnabas Episcopal Chuch. She also donated her time at the Falmouth Hospital thrift shop.

Ms. Tisdale was an active member of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth and loved hearing the piano and violin music played there. She helped to manage the "ladies luncheons," was a member of the Caring Committee and the Breakfast Group, and worked in the church office for several years.

During her retirement she continued her previous regime of exercising at a health club and began to go on daily two-mile walks in her neighborhood. She participated in walks for charity with her UU friends and, in recent years, was walking two miles a day into her mid-90s, inspiring many in her Florida neighborhood to stay active as long as possible.

In earlier years she had traveled to London with the Cape Cod Adventures group; voyaged through the Panama Canal; and, with her daughter, visited Normandy, Paris, Hawaii and Bermuda. 

She leaves three children, Debbie Riley of Surry, Maine, Pam Haddad of Bridgewater and Mark Tisdale of Ormond Beach, Florida; two grandsons, Daniel Riley and Dennis Riley, both of Surry, Maine; a granddaughter, Corinne Fennell; and extended family.

A memorial service will be Friday, October 11, at 10:30 AM at Craig Flagler Palms Funeral Home, 511 Old Kings Road, Flagler Beach, Florida.

A local service will be at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth in late October.

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