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Dorothea “Dot” Bancroft Phillips

Rotonda West, Fla. — Having lived a long, healthy and active life, Dorothea “Dot” Bancroft Phillips completed her life’s journey on Monday, July 28, 2014, at Sterling House of Englewood in Rotonda West. Dot was born on July 7, 1920, in Brooklyn, N.Y. to George and Lillian Bancroft. Dot began dancing at the age of three and enjoyed all types of music and dance throughout her life. Her family moved to Vermont when Dot was in high school where she taught dance to local children and played basketball on the championship Bradford Academy High School women’s team.

Dot went on to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physical Education from her beloved alma mater, the University of New Hampshire, where she also enjoyed her first teaching job. Dot was a dedicated physical education teacher at the college and junior high school levels in a career that spanned thirty years and took her from New England to California and back again. She also spent many summers on the shores of Lake Fairlee as Head Counselor of Quinibeck Camps’ Junior Camp. Retiring from teaching in 1976, she married C. Spencer “Spen” Phillips.

Upon retiring, Dot was able to pursue her love of golf and gardening with Spen on Lake Fairlee in Fairlee, Vt. and in Rotonda West, Fla. When in Vermont, she was an active member and volunteer in the Lake Morey Women’s Golf Association and when living in Rotonda was an active member and volunteer in the Rotonda West Women’s Golf Association. Dot’s enthusiasm for the game of golf kept her playing until she was 89 years young.

Dot was an involved resident of Rotonda West for over 30 years. She taught exercise classes to seniors, was active in the Rotonda West Woman’s Club, served on the Neighborhood Watch, and volunteered at Cedar Point Environmental Park in Englewood, Fla. Her love of golf was only rivaled by her love and appreciation of nature; living an environmentally aware lifestyle. Dot was also a member of the Board of Directors of the University of New Hampshire Alumni, FSWCAC, always very proud to represent the class of ‘41.

Dot is survived by her devoted kitty, “Juno”; her brother, Paul Bancroft of Reno, Nev. and his family; her daughter and son-in-law, Roxanne and Ronald Broadbent of Charlottesville, Va.; her granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Jennifer and Buddy Webb of Newmarket, N.H.; her grandsons and daughter-in-law, John, Enoch and Sharon Marshall of St. Johnsbury, Vt.; and her Phillips’ Family: Elizabeth and Harry White of Black Duck Pond, N.Y.; Martha and Paul Cocanour of Mansfield, Ohio and their families; Charles S. Phillips and Betsy Strobel of Montpelier, Vt. and their families. Dot was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, C. Spencer Phillips; her son, Jeffrey Hayes Marshall; her cousin, Dr. John Fenning; and her sister-in-law, Jean Bancroft.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Sterling House of Englewood for the care and caring of Dot during the past three and half years. Dot loved Sterling House because everyone was friendly, took care of her needs and yet her life was her own. The family is also grateful for the care given by the Tidewell Hospice Teams who assisted Dot in her end of life journey.

Dot will be remembered by her family and friends as always offering a beautiful smile, a helping hand, enjoying a good joke and sharing her passion for golf and nature’s bounty.

Family and friends are invited to a luncheon honoring Dot’s life. Please join us at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at the Lake Morey Resort, 1 Clubhouse Road, Fairlee, Vt. 05045. Casual attire (and a favorite Dot story to share) is encouraged.

To honor Dot’s passions and gratitude, the family encourages friends to make donations to: Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, P.O. Box 5197, Englewood, FL 34224; Suncoast Humane Society, 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood, FL 34224; Tidewell Hospice: www.tidewell.org.