Monday, July 12, 2010

Dorothy Louise Ahmed

Wellsville, NY - Dorothy Louise Ahmed of Cummings Place passed away on Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at home very peacefully surrounded by her family. She was born on March 17, 1931 to Foster and Elvira Johnston Trowbridge. She was married to Abdullah Ahmed who predeceased her on February 18, 2005.

Dorothy grew up in Allentown and Scio. She raised her children in Lake View and Lackawanna and then lived independently in Belmont and Belfast. After being suddenly afflicted with transverse myelitis and losing her ability to walk she went to the Wellsville Manor. She then happily lived with her daughter in Wellsville. Dorothy was a waitress and for many years and loved her job. She was a foster grandparent for nearly 20 years where she happily worked with special needs children at BOCES, Belmont Central School and Belfast Central School and was called "Granny" by all the children. Dorothy was a Literacy Volunteer for Allegany County and was a volunteer of the year for them and she also was a volunteer of the month for the Domestic Hotline. Dorothy was twice a cancer survivor.

Her hobbies included gardening, Yankees baseball, reading, fishing, playing cards, crocheting and bird watching. But her biggest joy was spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include: 5 daughters, Anisa (Roger) Raney of Wellsville, Aminah Privetera of North Collins, and Jamelia Horaibi of Belfast, Amria (Dennis) McGillivary of Virginia and Zara (Jurgen) Brunner of Maryland; 20 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and 1 great great granddaughter; 3 sisters, Barbara Stocum of Rochester, Laurene Bliven of Arkport and Dianne Murray of Belfast; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by: Her parents; 3 brothers: Robert, Bruce and Donald Trowbridge; 2 sisters, Margaret Witter and Sally Keiser; several aunts, uncles and nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, July 17, from 10 am to 11 am at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont at which time a memorial service will take place. Pastor Dick Helms will preside with burial in Forest Hills Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Foster Grandparent Program of Allegany County (in Jamestown, NY) or Meals on Wheels or to Home Care and Hospice. On line condolences may be left at


  1. Love you granny, Beanie Bug

  2. "Granny" was a helper in my classroom for several years. She not only helped my students and me, but she even ate lunch at the cafeteria with the children!!! She was very close to my heart...I searched for "Granny" many times and was not able to find her. I stopped at her home in Belfast, made phone calls to no avail...
    I am sorry I didn't have the opportunity to reconfirm to her what a good person she was and how much she was appreciated...
    Granny, Rest in peace... I'm sure you will be a great influence in heaven!!! You will be remembered forever!!!!

  3. As I told my mom before she passed away, the world will not be the same without her. She showed us all what it means to be courageous, how to stand up for what you believe in, and what love is. She will be missed beyond words and remembered forever. "I love you to the moon, the stars, and way past where the rocket ships fly." Thanks for the touching post about the difference my mom made to you in the classroom and with the students. Being a foster grandparent was one of her biggest sources of fulfillment and happiness, aside from her family. She had countless stories every time we talked about the kids and her experiences there. She especially got a kick out of the lessons--including those involving insects and nature!

  4. Zara's lovely story of her mother's final days was tearfully warm and beautiful. Now I better understand how deeply she loved/loves her wonderful mother. Our church is indeed blessed to have such a caring member as Zara Brunner.

  5. I love you Aunt Dorothy and thank you so much for everything you did for me. I am so glad that my Mom got to see you a few years back. Please-please wrap your gentle arms around my Tammy - I miss her soooooo MUCH!!!
    Your niece, Debbie

    aka ---- Doodle Bug!

  6. This is too all of my family in New York as I am here in Arizona.My prayers and thoughts go out to all of you.I will be there in spirit trying to give you all the strength you need to help.She is in Gods hands now and is in a more peaceful less painful world.I only knew her for a few years as I moved away but she sounds like a wonderful women wish I could of gotten to know her better.Love to all of you your cousin Sue

  7. Judy (Murray) SheffieldJuly 16, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    You will be missed very much.Really sorry I couldn't make it down to see you in a very long time.Just remembering all the good times.That is what anybody can do these days life is way to short for the bad times.
    Judy (Murray)Sheffield