We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at O'Neill Funeral Home, Inc.
Dorothy Louise (Horsman) (Williams) Hesketh, age 100 years, 6 months, passed away peacefully
on Saturday, June 26, at Nemasket Health Care Center, Middleboro, MA. The family wishes to
express appreciation to the staff at Nemasket Health Care who provided care for Dorothy during
a challenging time in our lives.
Dorothy was the daughter of the late Paul R. and Martha Horsman and the wife of Harold H.
“Buzzie” Williams who predeceased her in 1982. Her dear daughter Louise Ann Carberry
predeceased her in 2020. Dorothy is also predeceased by her former husband, George Clifford
Hesketh in 2010.
Born in Wareham on December 26, 1920, Dorothy graduated from Middleborough High School
where she was a cheerleader and played trombone in the band. She treasured friendships with
her classmates and was often instrumental in planning annual class reunions. She spent most of
her life in Middleboro where she worked at St. Luke’s Hospital (Middleboro), as business
manager at Oak Hill Nursing Home and Meadowview Nursing Home. Dorothy helped with
family businesses in South Middleboro including Williams Trading Post and her very own South
Middleboro Country Store. In South Middleborough, Dorothy was active in many community
organizations including the South Middleborough United Methodist Church and South
Middleborough Protective Association. Dot was key in forming the South Middleborough
Skating Club at Hunt’s Pond on the Williams property. Winters at “the Pond” brought forth the
entire neighborhood for winter fun on ice. Dorothy carried her love for skating well into her
eighties with ice dancing and determined practice of her “figure eights”.
After retiring, Dorothy moved to our family home in the mountains located in the Mount
Washington Valley, Albany, NH., where family and friends traveled many miles in winter, spring,
summer, and fall to embrace the love and affection that Dorothy extended to everyone. One of
the signs that Dorothy posted at the “NH House” stated: “If you are lucky enough to live in the
mountains, you are lucky enough!” The following quote in Dorothy’s own words sums up her
feelings for her home in the mountains, a place of beauty and tranquility: “I have stood at the
back window, or in the back yard thousands of times, seeing in awesome wonder all of the
changing beauty--of winter, with snow cover, birches laden to the ground. Or with ice, sparkling
on every branch, twig and pine needle; with early morning or late day alpenglow on Moat
Mountain. Spring, with increasing color of bulbs and perennials…. And foliage and vibrant color
in fall. That is where I say my daily prayers.” Dorothy was a voluminous writer having
documented family histories, personal stories, and diaries. There is much to be gleaned from
While in New Hampshire Dorothy attended Conway and Center Conway United Methodist
Church and found welcoming friends in the church and at the Gibson Center for Senior Services
in North Conway. Dorothy learned to ski late in life at her favorite ski area “Tyrol” where her
son John worked as a ski coach, Dorothy enjoyed skiing well into her seventies and especially
loved cross country skiing on the trails at the “NH House”. Gardening and baking were
Dorothy’s favorite activities, and these brought joy to everyone. In later years Dorothy became
a passionate supporter of all New England Sports teams, always cheering them on.
As the matriarch of her family, Dorothy was at her glowing best when surrounded by warmth
and shared love of extended family and friends at her homes in South Middleboro and Albany,
New Hampshire. Large gatherings of family and friends assembled at our NH house in
celebration of Christmas and summer vacations. Dorothy’s chocolate sauce, prepared for these
occasions, was the “best in the world”. Silly games and songs around the fireplace or campfire
would have everyone in stitches. Dorothy had a warm, loving laugh that would ignite the spirit
of everyone around her.
Dorothy is survived by her brother Paul R. Horsman, Jr. and his wife Lois; her daughter, Martha
Dupuis and her husband, Gary Williams; her sons John Williams; and Nathaniel Williams and his
wife, Cheryl. Along with her cousins, Jean Cronin and Nancy Perry, Dorothy is also survived by
her son-in-law, David Carberry, five grandchildren, four great grandchildren and a very large
extended family including grandchildren Guy Dupuis; Timothy McGrath; Peter McGrath; Erica
Tsuchiya; and Travis Williams all of whom will miss her very much. Dorothy will be missed by
her great grandchildren, Stephanie McGrath and her husband Timothy Green; and Michael
McGrath; and great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews around the globe who were
treasured and loved by her. Very important to Dorothy throughout her life were her many cats
and dogs, and “grand pets” that she cared for throughout her years--especially “Blackie”, her
last adopted dog and “Smudgie”, a feral cat who adopted her.
A celebration of life is being planned to be held at the Freetown Congregational Christian
Church, 4 Washburn Rd., East Freetown, MA, 11 a.m. on Saturday July 31.
Donations in memory and in celebration of Dorothy’s life may be made to The Gibson Center for
Senior Services, 14 Grove St., North Conway, NH 03860 (www.gibsincenter.org) or the Richard
Tom Foundation, a foundation formed by her son John to celebrate the life and spirit of Richard
Tom who was lost at a young age while cycling (www.richardtomfoundation.com), or a charity
of your choice.