Dorothy Dickerson Peters

July 26, 2014
Dorothy Dickerson Peters

Always kind, giving, and supportive wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and teacher, Dorothy Dickerson Peters, 70, left us with her legacy of love, tolerance, and fun on July 26th, 2014.

Born and raised in Mattituck, on Long Island, New York, she moved frequently in the early years with her husband throughout New Jersey, New York, and New England before settling in to raise her family primarily in the Finger Lakes Region town of Cortland, New York, where she has maintained many friends and fans. She retired with her husband to the beauty and peace of the Winding River golf and beach community located in Bolivia, North Carolina, where she enjoyed the camaraderie that came through golfing with friends, finding new shops and hidden treasures of the South, spending time with new and old friends, and sharing the wonder of life with her husband.

Growing up on the tip of the North Fork of Long Island, New York, to parents who had a love of the beach and boating, Dottie, as she was known to friends and family, was never land-locked for long. Whether seeking out time on her native Long Island shores, planning trips to Florida and other beaches with her family, visiting with friends in the Finger Lakes, or, later, encouraging her husband and daughter to plan Caribbean and European holidays, her enthusiasm for sun, sand, and water, sometimes accompanied by a nice chardonnay, was infectious and undeniable.

Outgoing by nature, Dottie enhanced her social graces and developed lifelong friendships as a member of the Alpha Sigma Beta sorority while earning her Bachelor’s degree in education at the State University of New York at Oneonta. A natural educator, she was a professional teacher of both elementary children and, later, struggling college students, having also earned her Master’s degree and certification as a reading specialist at the State University of New York at Cortland.

Dottie is survived by her husband, Dr. Lee Peters Sr., her son, Lee Peters II (Shannon Dintino), her daughter, Jill Peters (Ted Russell), and three grandchildren, Gavin Peters, Bryson Russell, and Avery Russell. As is her wish, Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 1, in Mattituck, Long Island, New York, at the Defriest-Grattan Funeral Home located at 13805 Main Road (Rt. 25), with Calling Hours from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM, Service from 2:00 to 2:30, and Graveside ceremony at 3:00. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center (, or the cancer charity of your preference.

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  • July 28, 2014
    ralph and joann anderson says:
    Lee, thoughts and prayers for you and your family. I remember meeting you at the YMCA, playing paddleball and not long after meeting Dottie and your children at dinner in your home. Really remember Buck! Dottie will not be forgotten!

  • March 26, 2015
    Fran Scelsi Hess says:
    With her kind and giving nature she gave much to all who were blessed to have known her. With loving memories in Alpha Sig -