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“Dear SueEllen, Jack and all of Dorothy's vast family, my deepest sympathies on losing your dear matriarch. Her wonderful legacy is her adoring and...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Susan Deranian - Peabody, MA

“My deepest sympathy to Dorothy's family. She certainly left a legacy to be proud of. Dorothy was a frequent visitor to the Waltham library where I...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Gerry Chiasson - Waltham, MA

“Rest in peace Dorothy ... our love and prayers go to her and the entire family.Love Frank and Karen Pino ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: karen Pino - Waltham, MA - Friend

“Dorothy was so hospitable to many of us older women at Second Church. Tea and "goodies" at her house were special. Lee Longman ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Lee Longman - Watertown, MA

“May memories comfort you and bring you peace during this difficult time.With deepest sympathy, Ray & Maureen Richard ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: Maureen Richard

“Sue Ellen Jack and family of Dorothy I express my sympathy to all of you.How blessed you have been to have had her for so many years, also all the...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Elaine JUNKINS - Waltham, MA

“Deepest sympathy and love to all the family. ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: Susan Britt - Cambridge, MA

“I grew up five houses away and was a frequent visitor at the Lydons. Dot always made "Brion Duffee" feel welcomed. I'm honored to have known her and...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Brian Duffy - WEST NEWTON, MA

“My condolences, I loved Dorothy so much! May she rest peacefully and her family hold her close in their hearts! ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Linda Husselbee - Waltham, MA

“My deepest sympathy to theLydon family.Your mother was a great person and she will be miss by everyone that knew her.May she rest in peace in the...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Martine Hilaire - Waltham, MA

“Dorothy and Joe certainly symbolized what it means to be part of "The Greatest Generation"! RIP Dorothy. ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Bill O'Kane - JACKSONVILLE, FL

“May the power and strength of God help you all during this difficult time, as Dorothy is in the presence of God. Sending my condolences and prayers...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Elane Neddie - Pearland, TX

“My thoughts and prayers are with you Penney and family during this very sad time. ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: Liz Williams - Waltham, MA

“Sorry for your loss but what a life she lived! I'll never forget moving into the neighborhood and a few days later she knocked on my door with fresh...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Mike Kelly - Lexington, MA

“Steve and family, I'd like to offer our sincere condolences on your loss. Our our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.Commodore Kirk...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Kirk Kaloustian - Watertown, MA

“Condolences to the Lydon family and friends. May Dorothy rest with the angels and May you find comfort in your memories of her. Sending love and...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Barbara Doucette - Waltham, MA

“To Steve and the rest of Dorothy's very large family I am sorry for your loss. May her loved ones find some solace in the fact she lived for over 96...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: MICHAEL GRIGORAKOS - WALTHAM, MA

“Steve so Sorry for your loss, she had a long life. RIP ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Paul Bergeron - Jupiter, FL


Waltham – Mrs. Dorothy (Penney) Lydon, of Waltham, died Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at her home. She was 96.

Dorothy was born in Cambridge on July 5, 1924, a daughter of the late David and Lucy Ella (Estey) Penney and was raised in Belmont. She was a 1942 graduate of Belmont High School.

She and her late husband, WW II Marine veteran Joseph D. Lydon, made Waltham their lifelong home and were among the first homeowners in the 'new' Rangely Acres neighborhood. Dot was the last of the original residents and over the past seventy-five plus years grew to love her neighborhood and her wonderful neighbors even more.

After her five children were grown she lent a hand helping new parents and their newborns, caring for each of them in a way that only time and experience could teach. Dot also enjoyed trips with her friends and prized every moment she spent with her Bridge Club pals.

Dorothy's most precious treasures were her family and her friends whom she loved to entertain. Although small in stature she had a big heart, a warm smile and a generous spirit.

She leaves her children, Merrily Smith, Sue Ellen Lydon-Daddona (Jack), Penney Lydon, Andrea Arnold (Robert) and Steven Lydon (Denise), all of Waltham; nine grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and their families.

Dot was also a sister of the late David, Hewitt and Robert Penney and Adrienne Cusolito.

Funeral services and burial in Massachusetts National Cemetery will be private.

To view Dot's funeral service please visit https://distantlink.com/Joyce.html at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 4, 2020.

Memorial donations may be made to Smile Train, P.O. Box 96231, Washington, D.C. 2009-6231 https://www.smiletrain.org/ or to Second Church in Newton, 60 Highland Street, West Newton, MA 02465 https://www.2ndchurch.org/