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Posted: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 10:14 am | Updated: 10:15 am, Wed Dec 6, 2017.

Dorothy Louise Clough

Aug. 1, 1923 – Dec. 5, 2017

Dorothy Louise Clough

Dorothy Louise Clough, an East Aurora resident for the past 50 years, died peacefully in her home on Walnut Street early Tuesday morning. She was 94.

Mrs. Clough spent the last few weeks of her life surrounded by many of her five children, 16 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. Married to Sidney W. Clough for 59 years until his death in 2005, they were the parents of Sally C. Hezel (George M. Hezel); Charles S. Clough (Liz Trovato); Spencer E. Clough (Cheryl O’Neill); Sybil E. Baumwell (Dr. Ivan A. Baumwell); and Benjamin W. Clough (Patricia Clough.)

Mrs. Clough was a lively participant in the community and an unabashed spokesperson for the charms of East Aurora; as Rick Ohler wrote in the East Aurora Advertiser a few weeks ago, “our beloved village den mother” and “queen of civility.” She taught Sunday school at St. Matthias’ for many years, volunteered as a docent at The Roycroft Inn and assisted at local Elderhostel programs. She wrote in frequently to the East Aurora Advertiser to opine about local theater productions, sing praises of holiday celebrations in the village and share stories about her own family.

For many years, she could be found at The Roycroft at Christmastime dressed as Mrs. Claus (and accompanied by her husband Sidney Clough in earlier years) showing children how to make gnomes out of pinecones, or in summertime hosting garden parties in hand-sewn dresses and wide-brimmed hats bedecked with flowers to match. Some may even recall the swimming pool outings she coordinated for a close group of friends who called themselves “The Dawn Dunkers.”

Mrs. Clough’s family will remember her as someone with a larger-than-life imagination, a quick wit, a natural instinct for warmth and hospitality, and a sharp sense of style, even in her old age. She was an advocate for ballroom dancing, self-expression and frequent celebration. Her great-grandchildren especially relished her enthusiasm for craft projects, talent shows and teddy bear picnics in the woods on family vacations in the Adirondacks.

A service and a celebration of her life is planned for Sat., Dec. 9, at 11 a.m., at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main St., in East Aurora.


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