Dorothy A. D. Maxner


Dorothy Alice Doerr Maxner, mother of Steve Maxner of West Tisbury, died peacefully surrounded by family on December 9, 2012. She was 93.

Dottie, as she was called by her many friends, was born in Methuen on November 9, 1919. Voted “student who has done the most for the school,” she was described in her high school yearbook as possessing a vibrant, fun-loving nature and pleasing manner. Vice-president of her class, cheerleader, and class prophet were but a few of her many early accomplishments.

After graduating first in her class from nursing school, Dottie juggled the many challenges of raising a large family with the joys of serving others in her capacity as a registered nurse. Her sense of wit, intelligence, and humor would become staples of her inner strength as she overcame the many difficult struggles associated with raising a developmentally disabled daughter.

She was frugal, generous, a good friend and a hard worker who remained strong and determined throughout her life. A loving wife and mother of six children, Dottie was a kind and gentle spirit who inspired all who had the privilege of knowing her. She was fond of saying, “deeds are the true proof of worth.” Her remarkable journey was a living testimony to the importance of perseverance in the face of adversity.

Dottie was grateful and appreciative for the opportunity to live on the Vineyard for the last year of her life. She absolutely adored the Island’s natural beauty and pristine waterways. A lifelong reader and learner, she utilized her precious last days to become a knowledgeable birder and seasoned connoisseur of the Net Result’s lobster rolls and tasty fried oysters.