October 4, 1923 – October 3, 2013
Obituaries » DOROTHY MCBRIDE
MCBRIDE, DOROTHY, of Barre, passed away on October 3, one day away from her 90th birthday. Her daughter, Kathe, was at her bedside. Dot was born on Oct. 4, 1923, the daughter of the late William and Mabel (Lanigan) O’Brien in Elizabeth, N.J. Dot graduated in 1941 from St. Patrick’s High School in Elizabeth, N.J. After her schooling, she was employed for many years for the Social Security Administration in New Jersey. On Nov. 23, 1947, she married her high school sweetheart, Richard Thomas McBride, in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Elizabeth. They moved to Vermont in 1947, where Richard was a well-known figure throughout the granite industry until his death in 2004. Dot was well known for her community volunteer work, which included the American Red Cross Gray Ladies at the former Barre City Hospital. She was a Girl Scout leader for years and served as president of the Barre Girl Scout Council. She was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre and also a member of the school board of Marian High School and youth programs at St. Monica’s. Dot was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Monica 1181 and the Ladies of the Knights of Columbus. After her husband’s retirement, they spent several winters in Pompano Beach, Fla. She was a wonderful, devoted mother, grandmother, wife and homemaker. She created lavish holiday meals over the years to which many people were always invited. She created a warm and loving atmosphere in her home that friends from all walks of life enjoyed. She had a passion for music and dancing. In her earlier years, she was in plays and variety shows in New Jersey where song and dance were the predominant themes. Both she and Richard had the fortune, over the years, to meet many notable celebrities and told great stories about these times. Dot opened her heart to people and they, in turn, did the same. Her endurance, strength and grace over the last several years is nothing short of admirable and inspirational. Survivors include her daughter, Kathe McBride, of Barre; one grandson; two sisters-in-law, Laura McBride, of Greenport, N.Y., and Lucille O’Brien, of Middlesex, N.J.; plus several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, William and Edmund O’Brien.