Naoma Dorety 6-6-1927 to 12-7-2021

Memorial People posted on Dec 10, 2021
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Over 94 years my mom accomplished so much for a woman from her time. In her time at Princeton University geology department she worked for Prof Robert Hargraves as a research assistant. In those years she assisted him in the proof of plate tectonics, she handled moon rocks from the Apollo missions and assisted in the magnetic portion of the soil sample claw for the Mars Viking Lander. With Hargraves work finished in the later eighties she was recruited to the School of Engineering and became assistant to the Dean of Princeton's school of engineering until retirement in 95. All this time she raised 3 boys on her own. Our father died young at 53 in 1974. To make some sense of this there is an 8 and 5 year gap between me and my older brothers. I was the "happy accident". After retiring, she did not stop. She had a number of friends and she spent a lot of time traveling the U.S. and the world. To Australia, Norway, Spain and Morocco, Hawaii, the Caribbean and probably some places I forgot. I wasn't until her late eighties that she had to slow down and she continued to mellow with age. Despite her 5 foot height, she was a force of nature that received respect from all who were in her orbit. She could be stern and demanding, but her capacity to love and care for anyone was immeasurable, My brother Chris and I shared her house as house mates and then eventually full and part time caregivers. We were both with her to her last breath and happily she went in peace with no suffering. Though some dementia and short term memory creeped in her last 10 years, she still remained fairly sharp, but a fall and concussion complicated matters. Over a month she made some recovery as we visited her everyday in a rehab facility. She never forgot who we were, but could only make simple conversation. Despite that we could still get her to laugh and she never was in pain. She socialized with others, because that's just what she did and would even share or offer the food off her plate. Partly because she didn't like the food :) But that was her, the social butterfly that helped and gave to others. In the end her heart condition (afib) and the stress of her injuries and situation took their toll. I believe she decided she was tired enough and checked out on her own. Luckily we were informed quick enough of her condition and could be there as she passed. Even though she was no longer aware we could talk to her and wish her well and give her last rites as she was a Catholic. Luckily she was one who could reconcile a God and still understand the age of our universe and solar system. And she was tolerant and never one to push her faith on anyone. She will be truly missed but has left a lasting legacy. Be at peace mom. Top Image: Jeff, Chris and me and of course Mom. Jeff's the oldest, then Chris then me. Bottom image L-R: Me, Leanne (sis in law) Mom, Chris (brother with me) niece Lexy, niece Jessie and oldest bro Jeff. Jeff and Leanne are the married ones. Thanks for taking some time for this. Some of you here are truly friends and I wanted to share this with you.

Comments (9)


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mifdesign 3:55PM | Fri, 10 December 2021

Lovely mom. Very nice kids as well. Wonderful photo.

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enigma-man 5:06PM | Fri, 10 December 2021

Sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother. Her accomplishments and contributions are noteworthy. And yes, a fine looking family, albeit one less member.

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CoolDimension 6:26PM | Fri, 10 December 2021

Beautiful tribute. My condolences to you and your beautiful family. She is looking down and well pleased I am sure, at such a wonderful tribute.

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RodS 7:31PM | Fri, 10 December 2021

OMG, Art.... Your mom was one hell of a woman! Wow! She lived a life most only dream about. She just looks like she was an absolute delight to be around.

My deepest condolences to you and your wonderful family, Art. She was strong in life, and that strength will find its way to you and your family, just as my dad's did with me. Peace to her and all of you.

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pixeluna 11:44PM | Fri, 10 December 2021

Your mom is such a powerhouse, Art. All the things that she has accomplished in her very fruitful life, the good values that she reflected through the future generation shows that her hopes and dreams have been fulfilled. This is a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman. May the grace of our Lord give her eternal peace.

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dragongirl 2:22AM | Sat, 11 December 2021

How very nice to see the photos to illustrate her life. Thank you for those, and the lovely story you tell of her.

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adrie 1:15PM | Sat, 11 December 2021

Beautiful tribute to your mom, and family my dear friend. Thank you for sharing this with your best friends.

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rhol_figament 8:11PM | Sat, 11 December 2021

A heartfelt tribute to your mom, she sounds like an amazing person. It's people like her that enrich the lives of others that are so special. I would have liked to talk science with her, lucky you to have known such a spirit. We all should be so lucky to have such a rich life. Good thing you toned down the prog rock gothic look for the photo, lol, a good looking crew... ;)

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UteBigSmile 10:19AM | Sun, 12 December 2021

Sorry but I must use the wise words from our dear Jeanny here: Your mom is such a powerhouse, Art. All the things that she has accomplished in her very fruitful life, the good values that she reflected through the future generation shows that her hopes and dreams have been fulfilled. This is a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman. May the grace of our Lord give her eternal peace. I wish you all a nice Sunday!

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