Obituary of Dorothy Della Edgerton
Batavia- Dorothy Della (Landon) Edgerton, 93, of Sunset Terrace joined her beloved husband in Heaven after a long five year separation on Thursday Nov. 1, 2018 (All Saints Day).
Dorothy was born on December 21, 1924, in White House NJ, daughter of the late Jacob and Della (Lewis) Landon. As a young girl, Dorothy worked on her parent's farm in Lamington NJ. As a young woman, Dorothy worked first as a government security guard at a U.S. Armory Depot and then as a production worker at a bomb manufacturing plant in Potterville, NJ, during World War II (one of many known as "Rosie the Riveter"). After the war, Dorothy was employed by the Brady family (James and Elliot and their children, including son Nicholas) of Far Hills, NJ as an au pair. Nicholas Brady would go on to serve in President George H. W. Bush's administration as Secretary of the Treasury. While accompanying the Brady family on a trip to Hyannis Port, Massachusetts she met and fell in love with her future husband, Freeman Edgerton of Batavia, NY, at the local malt shop. During their early years together, Dorothy and Freeman enjoyed dancing the Charleston and the Jitterbug and listening to the Big Band songs of the era. In the 1950's, Dorothy and Freeman moved to Batavia, where they put down roots and raised a family. While her children were young Dorothy worked as a Nurse's Aide at the Hilltop Nursing Home for the elderly. During her lifetime, Dorothy was a member of the Moose Lodge, Tops Bowling League, The Batavia C.B. Club, Kelly's Speedway, and the Limerock Racing Club.
She is predeceased by infant son Thomas Clayton and loving husband Freeman of 65 years, as well as eldest daughter Linda Butler-Weddington. Dorothy is also predeceased by three brothers: Walter, Eugene (Joe), and Arthur.
She is survived by two brothers, Norman Landon of Lebanon, Missouri and Richard Landon of White House, NJ, her wonderful children Janet Edgerton of Batavia and Timothy Edgerton of Oakfield and beloved daughter-in-law Lettie Edgerton, as well as ten cherished grandchildren and 20 amazing great-grandchildren, and several treasured nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, who also adored her canine granddaughter Bella. Besides her love of gardening she made over 450 afghans for relatives and friends, and enjoyed listening to country western music. She was a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan through both good times and bad, even requesting that she be laid to rest in a new Buffalo Bills sweatshirt. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at Maple Lawn Cemetery in Elba. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to John R. Oishei Children's Hospital, in care of The Children's Hospital of Buffalo Foundation, 1028 Main St., 4th Floor, Buffalo, New York 14202.