2012-08-09 / Obituaries

Dorothy “Dot” Weaver Copeland Chase

Dorothy “Dot” Weaver Copeland Chase, 94, of Portsmouth, died at home peacefully on July 25, 2012, surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Herbert Manton Chase and the daughter of Norma Stanton Coggeshall and Clinton Babbit Copeland.

Born at Newport Hospital in 1918, she spent most of her life on Aquidneck Island at Chase Farms. She was the sister of William Harvey Copeland and the late George Melvin Copeland. She is survived by her children, Penelope, Deana, Samuel, Sarah and Harry; eight grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. Her son, Peter, and grandson, Hayden, predeceased her.

Dorothy was the first female vestry member and president of the Episcopal Church Women at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. She was also a former president of the Portsmouth PTA, and was a member of the Republican town committee, the town’s historical society and garden club, and an inaugural member of the Portsmouth Conservation Committee. She had a lifetime love of birds and was active in the Audubon Society. She was also an accomplished catchand release fly fisher, and a button and shell collector.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the St. Mary’s Chase Tree Fund or the American Cancer Society.

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