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Dorothy Dutton

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Dorothy Brethouwer Dutton, 98, died Nov. 22, 2009, in Calverton, VA, where she lived for the last four years.

She was born in Marinette, March 23, 1911, to Albert and Elekta Washburn. She graduated from Milwaukee State Teachers College and began her teaching career at age 19 in Appleton. She married Melvin (Bret) Brethouwer and they mover to New York, where she obtained a B.S. degree in elementary education from Vassar College and later, a masters from Columbia Teachers College. After moving to Washington, DC, and then later to Bethesda, MD, where she lived most of her life, Dorothy became a kindergarten teacher in the Montgomery County Schools, spending most of her years at Westbrook Elementary School. Her love of teaching young children led her to later become the first supervisor of educational services for the Head Start Program in Montgomery County, where she spent her time traveling around the district visiting Head Start centers and supervising teachers. After retiring in 1973, she volunteered as a career counselor at the Over 60 Counseling Service in Bethesda.

She loved to travel, and after her husband  died in 1966, she spent a lot of time going on vacations with friends and family. A long time member of the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, she was active in her church as well as the Bannockburn community where she lived. On Valentine's Day, 1976, she married Harold H. Dutton, Sr. He died in 2006.

She is survived by her son, Peter  (Lynn) Brethouwer, Madison; step-son, Douglas (Julie) Dutton, grandchildren  and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by step-son, Harold Dutton, Jr., and a brother, Ray Washburn.

Funeral services were held Nov. 28 at Moser Funeral Home Chapel, Warrenton, VA. She will be buried next to her husband in Oostburg, WI.
Memorials may be made to the Head Start Program of Montgomery County, Head Start Resource Fund, MCPS Macon Rd., Room 141, Rockville, MD, 20852 or the Alzheimer's Association.
 
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