Dorothy Weeks “Dori” Clary of McConnellsburg, PA, passed away January 11th at UPMC West Shore after a very long illness.
Dori was the youngest daughter of the late Paul Harrison Barter and the late Doris Irene Barter (Graves) of New Hampshire.
Dori was a woman of many talents. She was a professional musician, singer, and songwriter. She played flute for The Ohio State University marching band. She toured, sang, and played drums for several bands including Missing Persons.
When not making art via music, Dori was a professional visual artist and sculptor, specializing in clay. She opened Reaching Tree Pottery and Gifts in Lochmere, NH showcasing her artwork and the artwork in the community. She created and copyrighted the Whistle Pot, her brand of handmade clay-based jewelry.
Dori worked as a case manager for severely brain injured patients in NH for many years. Later when she relocated to Maryland she pursued her passion for the culinary arts attaining a Masters Degree in Molecular Gastronomy. She worked as Executive Chef Director at the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, VA where she received recognition and an award signed by the Director, NRO, Peter B. Teets. She was selected for an internship at The Blair House in Washington D.C. cooking for the vice president.
She continued her passions in cooking and giving back after moving to Fulton County by doing free cooking demonstrations and lessons at the library, local farmers’ markets, and as a GIrl Scout Leader and was affectionately known as “Chef Dori.”
Inspired by her mother, Dori was also an avid bird lover and gardener, taking care to help protect bluebirds in her area. Dori enjoyed spending time with her family watching movies, traveling, and learning about nature. She especially loved the ocean, turtles, and the scenery of the Eastern seaboard, which she often led family vacations to annually.
Dori was predeceased by her parents and her nephew Derrick Goss and survived by her husband Jesse Clary of McConnellsburg, PA, daughter Daley Buckwell of Northfield, NH, daughter Willow Clary and son Harrison Clary of McConnellsburg, her “bonus kid,” Cole Brubaker of McConnellsburg, sister Debi Kurz and Brother in-law Perry Kurz of Wentworth, NH, nephew Damon Goss, nieces April Barter and Sarah Barter all of NH.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Conococheague Audubon Society. Checks can be made out to Conococheague Audubon Society and mailed to the Society at PO Box 20, Fayetteville, PA, 17222.
A graveside service will be held at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, in Annville, PA at a date to be determined.
The family has entrusted Dori’s care to Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home in McConnellsburg, PA.
Online condolences may be expressed at the funeral home’s website.