With daughters nearby, “Dot” peacefully went home to Jesus on August 15, 2021 under the exceptional care of the staff at Poet’s Seat Nursing Home, following a more than year-long battle with cancer.
Dot was the oldest child of Mr. Francis Boyd Caldwell and Miss Dorothy Marie (Einermann) Caldwell of Shelburne, Massachusetts. Dot was born on April 6, 1944 in Ancon, Canal Zone, Panama, where her parents were employed during WWII. After the war, the Caldwells returned to settle in Ridgewood, NJ where Dot graduated from Ramsey High School. She then attended Plymouth State College, where she met her husband, Robert Page, earning her B.S. in Education in 1970.
Dot, Bob and their daughters moved to South Deerfield, MA where the family ran the Hillside Nursing Home. When her parents retired, Dot took over operation of the Anchorage Nursing Home in Shelburne, MA. Dot was also actively involved in her daughters’ friends and activities including dance, skating, horseback riding, and Girl Scouts. As a licensed social worker, Dot worked with the Visiting Nurses Assn. during the development of the WIC and community-services programs that provide care, services and opportunities to Franklin County families, even today.
Dot loved to sing and got involved in choirs wherever she lived. When she lived in Rowe, MA, she was involved in the Pioneer Valley Orchestra Choir. When she moved to San Diego, she was involved in local choirs and was even able to join “the wall of worship”, a choir of more than 1,000 local voices assembled at each venue, for the Billy Graham Ministries event held at the stadium.
While living in Rowe, MA she met the man who was to become her true ‘life companion’, Robert “Bob” Brooks Davidson, a well-respected breeder of dairy cows. When he retired from farming, the two moved to San Diego, CA but kept their place Rowe, to which they returned regularly to see family and friends. They later became snow birds, giving up the house in Rowe in favor of a home in Bradenton, Florida and summers in Charlemont, MA.
Bob predeceased Dot when he succumbed to COVID in May 2020, just weeks after she received her own cancer diagnosis. The cancer fight was difficult for Dot who, without Bob, had no other family nearby. She had a wonderful collection of friends from Bayshore Gardens Community Church, who took amazing care of and watched over her in her last year. She found true joy in singing with the church choir, and in her other social groups, such as her traveling shuffleboard team and community exercise group.
In June, Dot was able to return to New England to be closer to her daughters. The family was able to secure placement at Poet’s Seat Nursing Home where she made miraculous, yet brief, improvements. Yet, in the end, cancer won. With the help of Poet’s Seat’s staff, she passed peacefully on Sunday morning.
Dot is survived by her daughters Julie Page of Greenfield, MA, Susan (Page) Aubuchon, and husband, Todd, of Pittston, ME, nieces, nephews and cousins David and Pat Einermann of Brattleboro, VT., Edward and Lorraine Caldwell of Cumming, GA, Arlene Caldwell, Lloyd and Linda Caldwell, as well as many cherished friends. Dot was predeceased by her parents and her younger brother Richard Lloyd Caldwell, formerly of Raleigh, NC.
Per Dot’s request, there will be no services. A Celebration of Life and internment will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Our family is forever grateful Dot’s friends and her ‘Bayshore Church family’ for their continued love, support and prayers. Donations in her name may be made to Bayshore Gardens Community Church 6228 26th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34207 www.bayshoregardenscommunitychurch.com.
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