Dorby Thomas

Obituary for Dorby Thomas

November 11, 2016
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts


Shrewsbury – Dorbert A. 'Dorby' Thomas died on Friday, November 11, 2016 at her residence at Southgate. She was 80.

Born on May 18, 1936 in Kingston, New York, Dorbert A. Hughes was a daughter of the late Robert & Dorothy (Miller) Hughes. Lovingly known to all as 'Dorby' she graduated from Mamaroneck High School in 1953 and graduated from Alfred University in 1957 with a Bachelor's degree in Economics. While in college she met Richard V. 'Dick' Thomas and they later married on June 29, 1957. She received her Master's degree in education from Worcester State University. They moved to Worcester in 1957 and later Shrewsbury where they have been residents since 1960. After 56 years of marriage Dick died on June 20, 2013. Following his death she maintained their home for a few years before moving to the Community of Southgate in Shrewsbury.

"Librarians don't know everything, they just know how to find out everything." Dorby was a well-known and useful resource in her position as a librarian at the Worcester County Law Library for over 20 years before retiring in 2001.

Dorby's faith guided her throughout her life and she was very active at her much loved church, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Shrewsbury. She served a variety of roles including financial secretary, church council member and sang in its choir. In addition to her church Dorby gave back to the community. She served as a town meeting member, board member of the Shrewsbury Conservation Commission, member and past president of the Shrewsbury Historical Society and precinct warden for the board of elections. Other interests included a love for travel, a good game of bridge or tennis, her friendships that ensued from her book clubs and love to cheer on the Red Sox.

She leaves her two children, Gregory S. Thomas of New York City, New York and Cynthia Kazmac and her husband, Christopher of Fair haven, New Jersey; her granddaughter Kelsey Kazmac and her brother, Douglas Hughes of Cataula, Georgia; nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Dorby's life by gathering for calling hours at Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center on Wednesday, November 16th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Her Funeral Service will be celebrated on Thursday in Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 34 Prospect St., Shrewsbury at 10:00 a.m. The Rev. Andrew Heisen will officiate. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery.

Honor Dorby's memory with a donation to Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 34 Prospect St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545.


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