Dorothy's Story

ATTLEBORO, MASS. - Dorothy B. (Skinner) Voikos McCullough, 91, of Attleboro, MA, passed away Sunday, August 31, 2014, at Home and Hospice Care, Providence, RI. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, February 24, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Peter Herkis and Evelyn (Desmarais) Skinner.

Dorothy was educated in the Attleboro school system and, at the age of 46, Ms. McCullough went back to school and earned her high school equivalency certificate in Sanford, Maine, where she resided for several years before moving to the Bangor, Maine area. It was in Maine that she established a long-standing career as a self-employed antique dealer, selling at antique shows throughout New England for more than thirty years. She was a loving and devoted mother who always put her family first. She had many friends at Hope Gardens Senior Living in Attleboro where she lived.

Along with her mother, she served as an American Red Cross Grey Lady during and after WWII. Ms. McCullough later became a member of the Gold Star Wives of America, Inc., an organization started at the end of World War II consisting of thousands of widows from that war and from all the wars that have followed. Her husband, John Voikos, died during World War II. She organized the Providence, RI chapter of Gold Star Wives of America, and was elected the first president. Dorothy helped organize the first New England Regional Conference in Boston and was elected president of the New England Region. She had been elected to the National Board of Directors as well, and received a nomination for national president which she was unable to accept because of family obligations.

Dorothy was an avid reader and spent much of her life reading about nutrition, health and well-being, and fitness long before it was novel; she followed a healthy lifestyle that included over thirty years of membership in the YMCA, where she swam several times a week. She later added daily walking to her regiment and believed in a balanced life of eating right and exercising.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Marcia Voikos DeWolf of Greer, South Carolina, Andrew R. Voikos and his wife, Dianne, of Barnstable; Dorothy Lee McCullough Desmarais of Norton; six grandchildren, Nicholas Voikos of Maine; Zachary Voikos of West Yarmouth; Alexander Voikos of Barnstable; Melanie DeWolf Bosworth of Charleston, South Carolina; Charmaine DeWolf Fuller of Greenville, South Carolina and Matthew Desmarais of Sharon; two great-grandchildren, Connor and Kate Fuller of South Carolina; two nephews, James Skinner of Attleboro, and Michael Kerzner of Brocton, and four great-nieces and five great-nephews in Massachusetts and Maine. She was the sister of the late Evelyn Skinner Kerzner, who had resided in Attleboro and later in Maine, and the late James Richard.Skinner, who had resided in Attleboro.

A private remembrance will be held at a later date. Per Dorothy's wishes, her ashes will be scattered on the beautiful waters of Cape Cod, her favorite place to be. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ms. McCullough's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the American Red Cross of Massachusetts - Regional Headquarters, 139 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142. Arrangements are under the direction of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Avenue, Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro, Mass. For additional information or to send the family a written expression of sympathy, please visit an online guest book at
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