Dorothy E. White


Dorothy E. White died peacefully at home in Vineyard Haven on Friday July 9, 2021. She was 100 years young.

Dorothy was born on Jan. 2, 1921, to Isabel and Manny Francis in Provincetown. She graduated from Falmouth High School, class of 1940, and Hyannis Teacher’s College in 1944. She received a master’s degree from Bridgewater Teacher’s College. She married George R. Hinckley II of Oak Bluffs and had two children, George R. Hinckley III, and Patricia C. Hinckley. 

Her husband George died tragically while working for Cape-Vineyard Electric Co. during Hurricane Carol in 1954. Dorothy then taught private kindergarten out of her home in Oak Bluffs, also first grade at the Oak Bluffs School. She then moved with her two children to Falmouth, and taught first grade at Otis Air Force Base. She married again, to Sidney White, on Cape Cod, and had a son, Sidney Robert White. 

The family moved back to the Vineyard in 1965, building a new home in Vineyard Haven. They bought and ran Bangs Market on Main Street, Vineyard Haven, and Dorothy continued teaching first grade at the Edgartown School for many years. After retiring, she devoted her time to her church, Christ Methodist Church, singing in the choir and serving on numerous boards. She loved gardening, cooking, baking, and especially her family.

Dorothy was predeceased by her parents; her siblings; her husbands, George R. Hinckley II, and Sidney White; her son, George R. Hinckley III of Falmouth; and by her only grandchild, Rachael Houston of Vineyard Haven. She is survived by her daughter Patricia; son-in-law Larry Sylvia of Vineyard Haven; her son Robert White; daughter-in-law Shannon of Clayton, N.C.; daughter-in-law Judith Hinckley of Falmouth; and by her great-grandchildren, Olyvia G. Houston of Montague, Mya P. Houston of West Tisbury, and Cole I. Houston of Vineyard Haven, whom she loved with all her heart.

A graveside service will be held at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Oak Bluffs, Saturday, July 17, at 11 am.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod Hospice, 255 Independence Drive, Hyannis, MA 0260,1 or the United Methodist Church of M.V., P.O. Box 2580, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

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  1. Mrs Hinkley was my first and always favorite teacher. I will remember her fondly. My condolences to her family, especially Pat and Larry.

  2. I was happy to be Dorothy’s caregiver, she was a beautiful soul, my thoughts and prayers are with her family.

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