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Obituary: Dorothy Esther Ayers Caswell Ingalls, 1923-2016, Burlington/Jeffersonville

Dorothy Ingalls
  • Dorothy Ingalls

Dorothy Esther Ayers Caswell Ingalls – 93, a longtime resident of Burlington and more recently of Jeffersonville, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home on Thursday morning, January 28, 2016. Born in Waterbury on January 14, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Max G. and Amy Elizabeth (Wheeler) Ayers. On November 6, 1944 she married John Q. Caswell in Waterbury. Dorothy married Albert Allen Ingalls on November 30, 1975 in Burlington. Albert passed away on June 9, 2003.

Dorothy grew up in Waterbury and was a 1940 graduate of Waterbury High School. She continued her education at Middlebury College where she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority and graduated in 1944 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Following her marriage to John Caswell, Dorothy was happy and busy as a homemaker and raising her two sons. She later entered the work force as a secretary for the Vocational Education Department at the University of Vermont, from which she retired.

Gracious, kind and convivial, Dorothy enjoyed all aspects of life and devoted herself to her family, particularly her sons. An exceptional golfer throughout her life, her other talents included being an accomplished seamstress and excellent cook.

Dorothy is loved and mourned by her sons, Christopher Caswell of Burlington, Craig Caswell and his wife Jana of Orlando FL; her grandchildren, Nicholas Caswell and Sara Caswell; her step-children, Scott Ingalls and his wife Elizabeth of TN, Dori Ingalls and her husband Ian Sweet of Waitsfield; her step-grandchildren, Jamie Ingalls, Hollie Kanaan, Katelyn Flintrop, Dustin Boone and his wife Molly; nephews David Ayers and his wife Betsy, Robert Ayers and his wife Judy; Richard Ayers and his wife Mina, and her niece Betsy Shapiro as well as other nieces, nephews and extended family. Dorothy was preceded in death by her brother Gleason W. Ayers and his wife Marion.

Memorial services will be held from The Waterbury Congregational Church on May 22nd, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. with a reception to follow in her grandfather’s house at 18 Elm Street, Waterbury VT. Interment will take place in Hope Cemetery, Waterbury. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association ( Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences please visit or the funeral home Facebook page.

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