Dorothy M. (Tillier) Duggan, 75, of Warwick, R.I., died of cancer on July 5, 2018. She is the mother of State Representative Jessica Brumsted, of Shelburne, Vt.
Born June 1, 1943, in Coventry, R.I., Dorothy was the daughter of Dorothy and Alfred Tillier. She graduated from Coventry High School and attended Rhode Island College before she married Frank Palumbo. They moved to a small neighborhood in Warwick to raise their two children, Jessica and David.
Following Frank’s death, she married Raymond Duggan. Dorothy worked as a cartographer for the United States Map Service and later was a group supervisor for Metropolitan Life Insurance for nearly 25 years.
Accomplished at roller-skating and water skiing, Dorothy also enjoyed tennis, swimming, gardening and boating with Ray. She particularly loved quahogging in Narragansett Bay with anyone who would take her out in the boat. She liked to knit, read, and cook and will be remembered for her chicken soup with little meatballs, pork, and lemon meringue pies. Dorothy loved animals and is missed by her latest puppy, Abbie.
Her children and grandchildren will remember her as a kind and gentle grandmother who loved Christmas season, complete with a magnificent tree and a stack of carefully chosen gifts. She encouraged them to pursue their goals and enjoyed hearing about their experiences.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Ray; children Jessica Brumsted (John) of Shelburne, and David Palumbo (Donna) of Warwick, R.I.; grandchildren Amanda, Benjamin, Nathaniel and Samuel Comai of Vermont; and Nicholas and Alyssa Palumbo of R.I. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Alfred Tillier, Jr.
A private family service will be held at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery at a later date.
Rep. Brumsted thanks her many friends and acquaintances in Shelburne and St. George who have been so supportive throughout the past six months as she traveled between Vermont and Rhode Island to be with her mother.