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Dorothy Coscia, beloved wife, mother, "Grandma," and friend, died peacefully on May 31, 2017, in Spring Hill, Florida, surrounded by loved ones. She was 87 years old.

She was born Dorothy Grace Dods on October 1, 1929, to Hannah 'Dorothy' and John Dods in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her twin sister, Catherine Ethel Dods died in infancy. She lived with her parents and sister, Agnes, in the Verdun neighborhood of Montreal.

At the age of six, she returned to her family's home in Liverpool, England. The family settled in the Merseyside area of Liverpool where her father worked as a merchant marine. Liverpool was a major port city and was heavily bombed during the blitz. The 'May Blitz' bombing of Merseyside during the Second World War was the most concentrated series of air attacks on any British city area outside London during the war. She often shared memories from her experiences during the war throughout her life.

After completing her primary studies at the age of 14, Dorothy went to work in a shoe factory in Liverpool, before following her passion of becoming a dancer. During the Second World War, she joined England's famous Tiller Girls precision dance troupe and The Bluebell Girls performing around Europe at theaters such as the London Palladium Theatre. Her dance company was on tour in Venice, Italy where she met the love of her life, Ernest "Terry" Coscia, while he was managing a military rest center for the United States Army.

Dorothy and Terry married on May 9, 1950, at 3rd Bn. Chapel San Giovanni, Free Territory of Trieste, Italy. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen on January 10, 1955, in New York and was a proud patriot, but never forgot her U.K. heritage – cooking Yorkshire pudding, sharing Cadbury's chocolates, and drinking Yorkshire Gold tea any opportunity she was given.

As a military wife, Dorothy made homes in Italy, Germany, Japan, Hawaii, and Virginia, before retiring in Spring Hill, Florida.

She was an avid reader, enjoyed being with family and lifelong friends, attending the theater, volunteering, serving as a lector and catechist at St. Joan of Arc Church and traveling. As her longtime friend Fr. Horace "Tuck" Grinnel said, "Dorothy's faith in God didn't waiver and she was always a faithful friend."

When the Coscia's moved from Alexandria, Va., to Spring Hill, Dorothy applied for the job of coordinator of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) on the western side of Hernando County. Dorothy often laughed when she recalled her husband's remark as she told him she wanted to work after they retired to Spring Hill. "It's okay with me," Terry Coscia said. "I worked for the first 40 years of our marriage; now the rest is yours."

For years, she taught dance at RSVP and managed hundreds of volunteers working in schools, libraries, hospitals, nursing homes, literacy programs and congregate living facilities at 80 different volunteer stations throughout western Hernando County.

A loving wife, devoted mother, adored grandmother and a loyal friend, Dorothy's love for family and friends were unwavering. She had a unique love for each family member and enjoyed taking part in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, rarely missing the opportunity to celebrate a special occasion or milestone in any of their lives.

She leaves a legacy spanning through generations of hard work, determination, compassion, strength and community service.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Terry Coscia, her parents, John and Hannah 'Dorothy' Dods, and sister, Agnes. She leaves behind her four sons; Larry, Terry, Lance and wife Fanny, Paul and wife Michelle; seven grandchildren; her younger sister, Jacqueline Maisonneuve of Canada; numerous nephews and nieces, and wonderful friends both old and new including her terrific friends at Atria Evergreen Woods.

A full and generous life, infectious laugh, tireless energy, quick wit, and love for family and longtime friendships. Dorothy will be missed by many but left us the legacy, "Live well. Laugh often. Love much."

A Visitation will be held June 12th from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., and her celebration of life will follow at 12 p.m. at Brewer & Sons Funeral Home in Brooksville, FL followed by a procession to Florida National Cemetery where she will peacefully be laid to rest.

Father Tuck Grinnell will celebrate Dorothy's life during a mass at Saint Peter Catholic Church in Washington, VA on Saturday, June 17th.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Association.