Wendie Lynn Baxter
Updated 4:32 pm, Thursday, March 24, 2011
Monique Elaine Appleby of Darien died Tuesday, March 15, in her home with husband, Ian, by her side. She fought a courageous battle against cancer.
Born in Rhodesia in 1937, she lived on three continents and, with husband, Ian, traveled to all but one of the seven continents. She moved to Darien in 1981.
Mrs. Appleby was an accomplished athlete representing her high school at all five sports but later in life focused on golf. She was golf champion of four separate golf clubs and latterly a two-time Woodway Ladies Golf Champion. She also served on the club's greens and grounds committee for a number of years. She was a keen bridge player and participated in a number of Darien groups.
Mrs. Appleby's family -- her three brothers, a sister, four children and eight grandchildren -- are spread over four continents.
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Edward Lawrence Funeral Home arranged cremation services.
Wendie Lynn Baxter, wife of John Dotson of Darien, died peacefully Saturday morning, March 19, at Courtland Gardens Health Center, Stamford. She was 59.
Born May 22, 1951, in Willimantic, she was the daughter of Richard C. and Dorothy E. Baxter. The family lived in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., for 12 years and then relocated to Wilton where Wendie graduated from Wilton High School. She then attended the University of Bridgeport and also the Parsons School of Design.
Wendie was an accomplished dancer and dance instructor, loved the theater and musicals, co-founded the Upstage Dinner Theater in Westport and choreographed many productions at Wilton and Weston high schools.
She was artistic and a self-starter. She lived in Jamaica briefly while she searched for and hired native basket weavers for the import of baskets to the U.S. Wendie was the director of design with Gilbertie's Nursery of Westport for a number of years and was a product development specialist for MBI (Danbury Mint) until illness necessitated her resignation.
In 1996, Wendie married John J. Dotson, facilities director at the Darien YMCA. They lived in Fairfield, Bethany and Darien.
In addition to her husband, survivors include her parents of Old Lyme, her brother, Clyde Baxter, and his wife, Kathy, of Wilton; her sister, Nancy B. Mendoza, and her husband, Michael, of Glastonbury; her nephews, John and Steven Baxter, Adam and Brian Mendoza, and her niece, Amy Baxter.
A celebration of Wendie's life will take place at noon on Sunday, March 27, at the South Norwalk Boat Club, 17 Mack St. South Norwalk.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Alzheimer's Association.
Barbara Louise Macksamie, known to her friends as Bonnie, a 27-year Darien resident, formerly of Rochester, N.Y., died after a brief illness at Stamford Hospital March 21, with her husband, Rand, by her side.
Born Nov. 7, 1949, in Rochester, N.Y., she was the daughter of Robert and Nell Wahl. She graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester. After teaching elementary school briefly before marrying, she became a legal secretary in Boston and then moved on to work at Houghton-Mifflin as a pioneer in the use of digital textbook publishing and editing.
After moving to Darien, Mrs. Macksamie devoted herself to her husband, the rearing of their children and managing the Macksamie household. She was an avid reader and an active member in her long-standing book club group. She enjoyed watching her daughter and son compete in an array of Darien athletics and enjoyed the companionship of other parents whose children were also competing.
In addition to Rand, her husband of 40 years, survivors include her daughter, Jenny, 24, and son, Matt, 19; brother James Wahl of Dayton, Ohio; sisters Beth (Robert) Kuzmick of Dayton, Ohio, Nancy Wahl of Canton, Mass., and Mary Nell (Frank) Henry of Scituate, Mass.; sister-in-law Lisa (Michael) Dubrovich; and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien, Thursday, March 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home on Friday, March 25, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery, Darien.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Scituate C.O.R.S.E. Foundation (Community of Resources for Special Education), P. O. Box 512, North Scituate, MA 02060. C.O.R.S.E. is a non-profit organization, founded in 2006 by Mrs. Macksamie's sister, Mary Nell Henry, and provides funding for recreational and academic activities for children with special needs.