Dorothy L. ‘Dot’ Pritchett, 94

Date Published: 
Jan. 12, 2018

Dorothy “Dot” (Lock) Pritchett, formerly of South Bethany, Del., and Dagsboro, Del., passed away early on Christmas morning in St. Petersburg, Fla., at the age of 94. She was the daughter of the late Harry Lock and Helen (Lambert) Lock.

A 1940 graduate of A.D. Eisenhower High School, she had many interesting professions over the years, including glassblower, keypunch operator and, during World War II, one of the original “Rosie the Riveters,” working as a lathe operator for airplane panels. After the war, she met and married the love of her life, Charlie, and together they raised their two children and a niece in Norristown, Pa., before retiring to their home in South Bethany.

As a child growing up during the Great Depression, Pritchett knew the value of being resourceful. She learned to be quite a seamstress and made many of her children’s clothes, as well as curtains, slipcovers for furniture, quilts for family and many prize-winning Halloween costumes for her son and daughter. She also made the bridesmaid dresses for her daughter’s wedding.

Pritchett loved to cook and bake and would surprise the family with new recipes she clipped from magazines, and all of her family and friends looked forward to MomMom’s Christmas cookies. She loved the thrill of the hunt for treasures at yard sales and refinishing furniture projects for family.

Pritchett was a friend to all she met and would keep all in smiles with her endearing personality and humorous quips. She was fun-loving and enjoyed vacations with family, going to the beach, spending time with her friends, water aerobics, and hosting family reunions and neighborhood holiday parties at her home in South Bethany and, later, Dagsboro. She appreciated good music and enjoyed attending concerts and musicals. Most recently, Pritchett enjoyed spending time with her daughter and family in the “Sunshine State.”

In addition to her parents, Pritchett was also preceded in death by her loving husband of nearly 50 years, Charles Pritchett; a son, Charles “Chip” Pritchett; a niece, Mildred Hood Mazy, who lived with the family; a great-granddaughter, Paige Elizabeth Hope Watson; her brothers, Richard Lock, Raymond Lock, Fred Lock and John Lock; and her sisters Evelyn Lock, Joan (Lock) Crider, Janet (Lock) Royer.

Pritchett is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Pritchett) Kuznick and her husband, Edward; her granddaughters, Liane (Kuznick) Watson and her husband, Kenneth, and Lauren (Kuznick) Kinde and her husband, Tristan; her grandsons, Chad Pritchett and Riley Pritchett; a daughter-in-law, Robin Pritchett; her great-grandsons, Owen Watson and Benjamin Kinde; her sisters Elaine (Lock) Leary and Shirley (Lock) Appel; and many beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Her giving spirit served as a powerful example to all. After her husband’s passing, Pritchett became a foster grandparent at Lord Baltimore Elementary School. She loved children and enjoyed telling humorous stories of the time she spent with the children. Her own grandchildren loved hearing MomMom’s stories of her life as a little girl. Being called home to the Lord on Christmas Day is fitting, as she truly was a gift to all who knew her.

The family will host a celebration of life service at Millville (Del.) United Methodist Church on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, with visitation starting at 11 a.m. and service at noon. The Rev. Bradley Schutt and Rev. Bruce Miller will officiate. Burial is to be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Millville U.M.C; 36405 Clubhouse Rd.; Millville, DE 19970, or to St. Matthews By-the-Sea U.M.C.; 1000 Coastal Hwy.; Fenwick Island, DE 19944.