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Dorothy B Thibodeau

January 18, 1926 ~ March 16, 2022 (age 96)

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Dorothy Braxton Thibodeau, of Lakeland, FL passed away peacefully of natural causes on March 16th, 2022. Dorothy was born to Joseph and Bessie Braxton on January 18th, 1926, in New Britain, CT and attended New Britain High School. Her “smiling eyes” as quoted by her high school yearbook, were “assets that will carry her a long way in life!!”. After graduating from High School, she attended Trinity College and later worked for Southern New England Tel. It was during this time she met the man she would spend the rest of her life with.
In 1954, Dorothy married Raymond Thibodeau, who was serving in the US Navy while stationed in New London, CT. Shortly thereafter, Dorothy and Raymond were stationed in Illinois, and had their first child, Debra. Their second child, James was born while they were stationed in Arizona. Their final move was to Florida, where David and Bonnie were born.
As Dorothy was raising her children, she decided to dedicate her life to being a fantastic and wonderful mother. Dorothy excelled at supporting and inspiring her children and helped provide the foundation for the many successes and passions of their lives they carry today. She made it her mission to improve the lives of all those around her.
When Dorothy wasn’t filling her home with warmth and kindness, she could be found taking care of the many businesses she and Raymond built together. The quote from Dorothy’s high school yearbook said it all. Her smiling eyes were assets that everyone who knew her loved and cherished. She will be greatly missed.
Dorothy was predeceased by her father Joseph, mother Bessie Mae, loving husband Raymond of 60 years, and son James. She is survived by her children Debra, David and Bonnie, daughters-in-law Eileen and Michele, sons-in-law Paul and Ken. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren Chantelle, Kevin, Jason, Karen, Mallory, Dylan, and Amelia. Her great grandchildren Tristan, Bonnie, Adalyn, Lyla, Millie, and Lucas.
Dorothy’s Celebration of Life will be held in the chapel at Lakeland Funeral Home, 2125 South Bartow Hwy, Lakeland, FL 33801 on Saturday, March 26th, 2022. Visitation at 10 AM, service begins at 10:30 AM.

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
March 26, 2022

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Lakeland Funeral Home
2125 South Bartow Hwy
Lakeland, FL 33801

Service
Saturday
March 26, 2022

10:30 AM
Lakeland Funeral Home
2125 South Bartow Hwy
Lakeland, FL 33801

Cemetery

Lakeland Memorial Gardens
2125 South Bartow Road
Lakeland, FL 33801

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