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Dorothy Guidry
  • May 23, 1940
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  • September 09, 2018

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Dorothy Silvis Guidry, 78, entered the gates of heaven on September 9, 2018 after a short battle with brain cancer. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace. Dorothy was born to the late Harold Silvis and Louise Silvis Carr, a doctor and a music teacher respectively, in Pittsburgh, PA on May 23, 1940. She grew up in the town of Irwin, PA where she graduated from high school. She went on to attend Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, TN. It was there that she met Marine Sgt. Norman R. Guidry. In 1960, they were married and in 1962 they both graduated from Vanderbilt University. Following graduation she began to build her family. Dorothy was blessed with four children. She spent the first half of her adult life living the life of a Marine wife with frequent moves around the country. She raised her four children with patience, discipline, humility and a little humor, even when her husband was away from home serving a tour of duty in Vietnam. The Marine Corps and church community provided the support she needed. Along the way she met dear friends who become adopted family and remained important to her throughout her life.  In 1975, life as a Marine Corps wife ended when her husband retired. Six months later they moved their family to Milford, Massachusetts and civilian life began. They plugged into the community and to a local church. Dorothy served as a Sunday School teacher, Bible Study leader, Sunday School  Superintendent, and Deaconess. She encouraged her children in the their own personal relationships  with Jesus Christ. In 1989 she opened a Christian bookstore with a dear friend to serve the local community. And in 1993, life changed again. Her husband took early retirement and they moved to Costa Rica to serve as missionaries where they served together for 23 years.  Dorothy is survived by her husband, Norman Guidry; her sons Sam and Paul Guidry; her daughters Beth Olson and Lisa Wiersma; her grandchildren, John Guidry, Robert Guidry, Sami Guidry, Chayla Guidry, Nisa Guidry, Grant Olson, Luke Olson, Micaiah Wiersma, Hannah Wiersma, Joshua Wiersma, and Ryley Guidry; and her great grandchildren Elisha Guidry and Silas Guidry.  Dorothy will be remembered at a Memorial Service at 10:00 am on Friday, September 14, with a reception to follow at Grace Tabernacle in Wildwood, FL. Pastor Gary Washburn will officiate the service. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to  http://www.blackandwhiteforjesusministries.org/ .


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  1. Jeanette Jimenez says:
    22 Sep 2018
    As I remember Dorothy I think of her as a beautiful person with the Fathers heart.
    My condolences to her loved ones.

  2. Dennis Carroll says:
    16 Sep 2018
    Prayers of comfort for all of the Guidry family.

  3. Jim and Pat McInnes says:
    14 Sep 2018
    What a dear friend she was. You
    will be greatly missed. She was a prayer warrior, encourager and woman of faith who loved her family and was so rightly proud of them all. We are praying for our heavenly Father to pour out His grace upon you all as you make this adjustment. Blessings Norm. Jim and Pat

  4. Susan Schlabach says:
    14 Sep 2018
    I will forever treasure my friendship with Dorothy. We shared, encouraged and prayed for our families, having much in common. She was one who understood me and my life is richer because of her. May God continue to bless each of her family as they adjust to life without this encourager. Love in Jesus, Susie Schlabach

  5. Jim & Sharon Wiersma says:
    14 Sep 2018
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Norm - you are so blessed to have enjoyed 58 years together. I’m sure she will be missed.

  6. Veronica Demers lit a candle:
    14 Sep 2018
    Lit since September 14, 2018 at 9:03:37 AM

  7. Roger and Robin Boucher says:
    14 Sep 2018
    We were living in Milford when Dot first opened up Bibles,Books,and Things. Over the course of many years we spent many hours visiting and having wonderful fellowship with the staff especially with Dottie and Lisa(who's advice I took and purchased many books by A.W.Tozer). Rest in peace and enter into your great reward.

  8. Norma Alfaro Madrigal says:
    14 Sep 2018
    Mi querida amiga y exalumna del Instituto de Lengua Española, en Costa Rica. Siempre te recordaré. Fuiste como una hermana para mí. Me enseñaste el amor de Cristo, a través de tu vida. Paz y fortaleza del Señor y Dios para Norm y la familiadel Señor. Los amo.
    Bendiciones.

  9. Janice Schade Best says:
    13 Sep 2018
    My deepest sympathy goes out to the Guidry family. Dottie was a good friend of my sister Jean Schade Grosz and myself during our high school years in Irwin, PA.

  10. Bethany Guiste says:
    13 Sep 2018
    So much love and hugs sent to the Guidry family. The love of Jesus poured through Dorothy in everything she did. Her laughter filled the room. Her life and legacy will always be in how she served others.

  11. Patty Berry says:
    13 Sep 2018
    I can only imagine the reminiscing going on in heaven with the Pine Street Alumni......
    When I think of Dottie, I picture her smile....
    Sending prayers and hugs
    Love you all, Patty Berry

  12. Amarilys Flores says:
    13 Sep 2018
    Dorothy always had a beautiful smile on her face and she loved Jesus with all her heart!

  13. LuAnn Simcox says:
    13 Sep 2018
    A life well lived and well loved! Love and prayers to all. The Simcox Family. George, LuAnn, Kate, and Matt

  14. Wayne & Linda Morrill says:
    13 Sep 2018
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Guidry family. Dottie is home in the presence of Jesus.

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