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Suzette Dorothy (nee Flower) Dobbin

May 17, 2018

Suzette Dorothy (nee Flower) Dobbin, 96, a six year resident of Brookdale/Homewood of Naples, FL went to be with her Lord on May 17, 2018.  She was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lewis Flower of Melbourne, Australia.

She was predeceased by her husband, William Hugh Dobbin, a WWII Marine Captain, serving in the South Pacific.  They met in Melbourne, Australia; Sue was a war bride.  She traveled to the US in 1944, through perilous waters, in a blacked out Swedish ship; first living in California, then travelling overland by train to meet her new father-in-law in Chicago who then brought her to her new home in Geneva, NY where she spent much of her life.

One of her proudest moments was becoming an American citizen.  After studying, she put her hand on the Bible and promised to uphold the Constitution of the United States.

It was said of Sue that “she was the Queen of Everything”.  She wore her crown with grace and style like a true matriarch.  One of her greatest blessings was her family as was her love of life.  She delighted in any experience, past or present; she held on to each and every moment and cherished it deeply.  She never left her home without perfect hair and make-up and had a stunning fashion sense.  She will always be an inspiration to all those lives she touched.  She was very active in many different charities and spent many hours volunteering for the Red Cross and Meals on Wheels as well as being a long time member of the Seneca Lake Country Club, Geneva, NY.

She is survived by her children, Patricia Anne Kelly (J. Patrick) of Naples, FL, William Hugh Dobbin III of Sarasota, FL;  Jeanne Adele Dobbin of Evergreen, CO; the late Michael Vance Dobbin and daughter-in-law, Ellie Dobbin of Naples, FL. Loving grandmother to her granddaughters, Michele Anne Kelly-Walker (Gregg) of Bellingham, MA and Eve Herman (Mark) of New York City; grandson, Patrick Bryson Kelly of Philadelphia; great-granddaughters, Kathleen Anne Kelly of Philadelphia, Zoe Elizabeth Walker and Abbey Fenway Walker of Bellingham, MA.  She is also survived by her loving sister, Lynette Flower of Melbourne, Australia; brother, Ian Flower of Mornington, Victoria, Australia and several nieces, Dorothy (Phil), Margaret, Susan (Paul) and Elizabeth (Andrew) of Melbourne, Australia, as well as many cousins and her Geneva, NY families - the Bertrams, Ferris' and the Hansons.

Our family would like to thank the Brookdale/Homewood Executive Director Michelle Villarreal, and her outstanding staff as well as Dr. Gabriel Rizzi for their support and sensitivity to all of Sue's needs.  Special love and blessings abound to Sharon Green, Kabreea Dunn and Bobbie Redenbaugh, Jane Moriarty, Kristine Ross and Cyndi Hochberg for their prayers and dear friendships.  We would also like to thank Pastor Larry and Patti Rigley, First Baptist Church Naples, and his beautiful pastoral staff for their sightful sherpherding of Sue into the Arms of her Savior. 

We would also like to thank all of the staff and volunteers at Avow Hospice Georgeson House for their kindness and caring.

If one wishes to send a donation, Sue had requested that it be sent to Meals on Wheels, Geneva, NY

A celebration of Sue's life will be held Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Brookdale/Homewood of Naples, 770 Goodlette Rd. N. Naples, FL 34102.

The burial will take place in Geneva at the request of the family.

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