Dorothy Louise (Jayes) Stewart Obituary

Dorothy Louise (Jayes) Stewart of Dennis Port died on June 22, 2022, after a valiant battle with primary peritoneal cancer. Born May 21, 1945 in Northampton, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Frederick John Jayes and the late Grace Esther Ewing Jayes. She attended schools in Easthampton, Massachusetts, and graduated from Easthampton High School in 1963. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (don’t pronounce the “H”) with a Bachelor of Science in Science from medical laboratory. She is survived by the love of her life, her husband of fifty-six years, Bruce Campbell Stewart of Dennis Port, Massachusetts, her daughter Melissa Anne Stewart and her husband Gerard Tynes Fairley of Acton, Massachusetts, and her son, Douglas Bruce Stewart and his wife Jessica Cloutier Stewart of Pownal, Maine, and treasured grandchildren Colin Campbell, Claire Mary and Caroline Grace Stewart. She will be missed by her Yorkie, Buster. She was predeceased by her brother, David Alexander Jayes of Brewster, Massachusetts.

Bruce and Dottie began their married life in East Hartford, Connecticut, where Dottie worked at Hartford Hospital and the Traveler’s Insurance Company Medical Laboratory. In 1970 they returned to western Massachusetts and settled in Southampton. In 1971 she opened an in-office medical laboratory for a group of doctors who became Northampton Internal Medicine. As the practice and lab grew, the lab was taken over by Bioran Medical Laboratory and became Quest Diagnostics. At the lab, Dottie not only provided diagnostic expertise, but she always had flowers, usually roses, on the reception counter. She became known as the Flower Lady of the Laboratory and also for her gardens in Southampton. When Dottie left the lab in 2006, she had become the technical supervisor for all Quest Diagnostic facilities in western Massachusetts. Dottie was actively involved in the activities of the First Congregational Church of Southampton, serving as a member of Ladies Aid, Trustees, Christian Education Committee, Research Committee and as Co-Superintendent of the School of the Church. She was a member of the Southampton Women’s Club, a Girl Scout leader, an avid bridge player and a gardener.

In 2008, Bruce and Dottie retired to their summer home on Cape Cod. Here Dottie pursued her love of gardening and especially roses. She became known again as the Flower Lady and was always asked questions about gardening. Her roses have won awards at local rose shows. She was a member of the West Dennis Garden Club, Dennis-Yarmouth Women’s Club, Cape Cod Rose Society, and Cape Cod Hydrangea Society, and played bridge at every opportunity. She was also a volunteer with the Dennis Police Department.

Visiting hours will be at Doane, Beal and Ames Funeral Home, 729 Rt. 134, South Dennis on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 from 1 to 3 p.m. with a service at 3 p.m. Burial is at the convenience of the family at Brookside Cemetery, Easthampton, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society in honor of Dorothy. To leave messages of condolence for Dottie’s family, please visit

Posted on June 24, 2022

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