Dorothy Elyse Bodson
Dorothy Elyse Bodson

August 25, 1928 - June 24, 2018
Born in Irvington, New Jersey
Resided in Severna Park, Maryland
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On June 24, 2018, Dorothy (Dot) E. Bodson (nee Zick) passed away, at the age of 89. Dot enjoyed a full life with many friends and a loving family.
A native of Union, NJ, she graduated from Union High School in 1947 and went on to graduate from the Orange Memorial Hospital School of Nursing (Orange, NJ) in 1949. After graduation, she went on to work as a Nurse in Fort Lauderdale, FL, working primarily in the Operating Room.
She married William (Bill) R. Trimpin in 1951. Bill was in the Air Force, and they were stationed in Waco, TX and the Azores before he left the service. They settled in North Springfield, VA where he took a job with the CIA and she became a homemaker with two children, Kathy and Andy.
While raising her children Dot became involved in quilt-making and historic preservation, working as a docent at Sully Plantation and Colvin Run Mill. At Colvin Run she was a co-founder of the “barn swallows” quilting group where she made several life-long friends. During this time she made a trip to the African nation of Malawi with two of her friends, which she thoroughly enjoyed and spoke of fondly for the rest of her life.
When her children reached their late teens, Dot returned to school at George Mason University, earning a BA and MA in Psychology. She then re-entered the Nursing field, working as a Psychiatric Nurse at the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute.
Dot and Bill divorced in 1978. She married Ed Gurski in 1981, and was widowed shortly afterward.
Dot married Henry (Hank) Bodson in 1988. They became avid “elder hostel” attendees and did a fair amount of traveling as well as golfing. Another memory she fondly recalled was the trip to Europe they took with a group of Hank’s fellow WWII veterans of the 3rd Infantry Division.
Dot and Hank divorced in 1998, and Dot moved to Arnold, MD, to be close to her children. She again became involved in historic preservation, working as a docent at London Town (Edgewater, MD) and at the Hammond-Harwood House (Annapolis, MD), until she was in her early 80’s.
She is survived by her daughter Kathy & husband Phil, son Andy & wife Patti, grandchildren John, Rachel, Josh, Casey, Kara, and Maggie, as well as 6 great-grandchildren. Interment will be at Fairfax Memorial Park (Fairfax, VA); the service will be private.