Obituary: Dorothy M. (Smith) Phaneuf, 84

Dorothy M. Phaneuf, 84, a longtime resident of Southborough, died in Hospice care in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, after a lengthy illness.

Dorothy was born in Somerville, MA to the late Elizabeth (Roberts) and Thomas Smith. Raised in Framingham, she graduated from Framingham High School and worked at General Electric in Ashland before marrying Edgar Phaneuf, Jr. in 1959. Dorothy and Edgar were married for 44 years, until his death in 2003. Upon the birth of their daughter, Dorothy chose to be a stay-at-home mother for many years. She was active as a CCD teacher at St. Matthew Church in Southborough and as a Girl Scout Troop Leader.

In 1978 Dorothy began her long career with the Town of Southborough, first for the Board of Selectmen and later in the Accountant’s office. She eventually was appointed Town Accountant, a position of which she was tremendously proud. Dorothy retired from the Town in 2007.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter, the Rev. Patricia Phaneuf Alexander; her son-in-law, the Rev. J. Randolph Alexander, Jr.; her grandsons, William, Peter, and Andrew Alexander, all of Alexandria, VA; her brother, Thomas Smith his wife Janis of The Villages, FL; and many in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, Dorothy was predeceased by a brother, John William Smith, and a nephew, Joshua Owen Smith.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, June 13, from 10-10:30 a.m. at the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Southborough, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew Church, 26 Highland Street, Southborough. Burial will follow in the Southborough Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memoryto the Alzheimer’s Association,; St. Matthew Church,105 Southville Road,Southborough, MA 01772, or St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, 5450 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda, MD 2016.

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