Rest in peace Dorothy Coakley, a wonderful WikiTreer to the end

+63 votes
Hi WikiTreers,

If you've been on WikiTree awhile, chances are good you crossed paths with Dorothy Coakley.  She was a bright spark on our site and active as an Arborist, Mentor, Connector and so much more.   

We received word from her daughter today that Dorothy passed away suddenly back in June.

Dorothy was  truly a wonderful addition to the WikiTree community and will be very missed.

As Jillaine pointed out, Dorothy WikiTree-ed right until the end.  Even on her last day, she answered a G2G question to help another member:

Rest in peace, Dorothy.
WikiTree profile: Dorothy Coakley
in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (2.6m points)

Here's Wikitree's interview with her (Meet our members):

Dorothy was one of my favorite people to work with. She was thoughtful, kind-hearted and a brilliant WikiTreer. I will miss her a great deal.

21 Answers

+27 votes
Best answer
This news hit me hard, as we worked together many a times on research or on questions here on g2G forum. Not only does she have my first name but her dedication and love for wikitree just always shined through. I knew she had been ill and slowed down alot but she was still trying to participate and share when she could. Dorothy, you will be missed by your family and friends here on WikiTree!!

Thank you Eowyn for informing us and also for making her a new sticker with a candle!!
by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2.8m points)
selected by Sandra Davidson
Here is a story Dorothy C. wrote about her home town of El Cerrito and the library she worked at back in Aug 2011.
You are the first person I thought of when I heard this news, Dorothy ...  because -- as I've said before --  you are my favorite Dorothys. :-)

So sad that we won't have Dorothy C's quick wit and always-cheerful words anymore. She will be missed by so many.
Thank you Julie, yes she definitely will be missed but we know she is in a better place and no more sickness!
+30 votes
Sad news indeed. Dorothy was my distant cousin, many times over, so I bumped into her often around the tree, as well as on G2G. She was pleasant and reliable -- much like the sweet photo that's posted on her profile. I'll miss her.
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
+28 votes

Will miss Dorothy's G2G contributions, that were so helpful and often brilliantly witty.  Went searching for a post of hers, a couple months ago, that had  made my day, and her last words on that topic were.

"My work is done.

Exits whistling. " heigh ho , the dairy oh- the farmer in the dell"....
by Patricia Roche G2G6 Pilot (868k points)
That's a treasure to remember, Pat!
+27 votes
Dorothy was a solid WikiTree Gem! Her contributions were endless, kind and sometimes fun with wit. Rest in peace, dear lady.
by Maggie N. G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
+24 votes
I was so sad to read this, dorothy was a gem I will miss her
by Susan Laursen G2G Astronaut (3.1m points)
+21 votes
Sad indeed.  She was great!
by Vincent Piazza G2G6 Pilot (252k points)
+20 votes
Sorry to hear that. My condolences to the family.
by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (682k points)
oh that is sad!  I have of course seen her answers here - seemed like a very smart and helpful person - I am sure I learned from her here
+19 votes
This is so terribly sad! I just don’t know what to say. I just can’t type anything for tears.
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.8m points)
+18 votes

She was such a lovely person and I enjoyed every interaction with her! I read her profile page last night after I found out she had passed away and I love that she had this statement: Oh, by the way, should you look for my place of death, a good place to start is at the Columbarium near Northbrae Community Church, Solano and The Alameda, Berkeley, California in the "Librarian's Corner."  

Well, Dorothy, if I'm ever there, I'll be sure to stop by and say hi. 

by Natalie Trott G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
+16 votes
So sad to hear this, but happy to have known her through WikiTree.

Rest in Peace Dorothy, and hope your ancestors are filling in all the gaps that remained.
by Liz Shifflett G2G6 Pilot (648k points)
+16 votes
Dorothy was such a lovely lady and a wonderful Mentor.  I will miss her.
by Vicky Majewski G2G6 Mach 9 (93.6k points)
+15 votes
I will miss Dorothy's good humour and kind words. She was a "lead by example" person and a kind and thoughtful mentor. Heaven has gained a gentle soul with a sunny smile.

She will probably be gently scolding our ancestors for giving us all tangles to unravel :)
by Wendy Sullivan G2G6 Pilot (161k points)
+10 votes
WikiTree has definitely lost a great asset! Dorothy was a gentle soul who led by example. Her kindness and humor won't be forgotten. Rest well dear Dorothy.
by Mindy Silva G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
+12 votes

As others have indicated, Dorothy had a wonderful sense of humor and was a great example of 

  1. We know misunderstandings are inevitable. We try to minimize them by being courteous to everyone, even those who don't act accordingly.
by Robin Lee G2G6 Pilot (881k points)
+9 votes
Rest in peace Dorothy,

Your contributions to wikitree and your assistance to others will always be appreciated.

May the memories be pleasant and the journey sweet and may the cool breeze be always on your sails.  And may the peace that passeth all understanding be with your family and friends.
by Anthony McCabe G2G6 Pilot (388k points)
+9 votes
I had seen Dorothy's name here many times over the years. It is always sad to read when members pass away.  Thank you Dorothy for your many contributions in genealogy and in life. God bless you.
by James Stratman G2G6 Pilot (105k points)
+8 votes
Very sad news. =( Condolences to her and her family.  I don't remember if I saw her post or if she and I interacted, but, it's always sad when we lose a member. Condolences to her family.
by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (792k points)
+7 votes
I was so sad to hear this news. She was a wonderful, funny, generous and kind lady and it was a real pleasure to work with her on the Mentors Project. She will be hugely missed. R.I.P. Dorothy.
by Susie MacLeod G2G6 Pilot (306k points)
+8 votes
Dorothy was a wonderful helpful cousin on everything related to Wikitree.  I am sad not to have expressed this to her more often before her sudden departure.  We will miss her dearly
by David Bailey G2G Crew (970 points)
+6 votes
Such sad news. I'd just recently discovered Dorothy and I are 6th cousins! She will definitely be missed by so many. Rest in peace dear cousin Dorothy.

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