Dorothy R. “Dot” Proudman, 101, virtually unbeatable in bridge

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Dorothy R. "Dot" Proudman
Dorothy R. “Dot” Proudman

Dorothy R. “Dot” Proudman died Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at the Williamsburg Landing. She was approaching 102 years old, having been born March 13, 1915, in Hampton, Va.

Dot graduated from Hampton High School and Farmville State Teachers College, now Longwood University. She taught in the Hampton school system before her marriage to Earnest D. Proudman on Dec. 28, 1940. She and Ernest enjoyed a honeymoon to California, where he was an engineer with Lockheed. Now, she makes another, more important trip, to join her beloved Ernest, who died in October 2012.

When the many who knew and loved her hear the name of Dot Proudman, two attributes immediately come to mind: hospitality and graciousness. She truly never met a stranger and gladly opened her home to all her relatives and friends whenever they could visit. Among her many skills were expertise in bridge and knitting. She was virtually unbeatable in bridge and, amazingly, could remember which cards had not been played right down to the last trick. For many years, she contributed masterfully knitted sweaters and hats to FISH.

In their almost 72 years of marriage, “Dot and Ernie” particularly enjoyed times with their family, keeping up with friends and traveling. But mostly, they enjoyed experiencing life together.

Mrs. Proudman is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Cowles (Carter); granddaughter, Cynthia Cragg (Robert); and great-granddaughter, Berlin Elizabeth Cragg. She was predeceased by her father and mother, Norman and Virginia Ranson; and two grandchildren, Christopher and Pamela Cowles.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at Bucktrout Funeral Home, 4124 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec., at the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. Interment will be private.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Woodhaven Assisted Living for their loving and capable care throughout Mrs. Proudman’s stay there. They request that contributions be made in Mrs. Proudman’s name to Dreamcatchers Therapeutic Riding Center, 10120 Fire Tower Road, Toano, VA 23168.

Online condolences may be shared at www.bucktroutfuneralhome.net.