Dorothy J. Terhune

Dorothy J. Terhune, longtime resident of Mahopac and widow of former Carmel Councilman Charles Terhune, died peacefully at her home in Southport, NC, Tuesday March 24th at the age of 88.

Dorothy and her family moved to Mahopac from NYC in 1963, and soon became involved in their local community. A member of First Presbyterian Church of Mahopac Falls, Dorothy served in several positions including Elder, Sunday school teacher and Superintendent as well as on other various committees. She was the first Treasurer of the church-sponsored nursery school and was instrumental in opening and managing the thrift shop, tirelessly manning it for several years.

Involved with the Town of Carmel Historical Society, the Mahopac Library and the Democratic club, Dorothy extended her civic interests to supporting the academic, arts, co-curricular and sports programs of the Mahopac Schools in which her children and neighbors participated.

Dorothy and Charles travelled extensively. Whether experiencing the untamed beauty of Alaska, re-visiting her parent’s homeland of Scotland, or enjoying the multi-layered history, art and architecture of France, Dorothy continued to be a dedicated, lifelong learner.

In 1993 Dorothy and Charles retired to coastal North Carolina. There she maintained her support of cultural and historic organizations and expanded her interests to include wildlife preservation. She remained involved in her children’s and grandchildren’s activities as well as senior citizen social and wellness groups until her death.

Dorothy is survived by her three children; Dee Terhune (Atlanta, GA), Karen Lakis (m. Robert, Southport, NC), Charles Terhune (m. Jill, Mahopac, NY) and five grandchildren; Rob Lakis (Toledo, OH), Daniel Lakis (Los Angeles, CA), Dr. Dorothy “Christie” Lakis (Detroit, MI), Crystal and Blaid Terhune (Mahopac, NY), and her beloved cousin, Kathleen Cumming (Montreal, CA).

The family requests that those interested in honoring Dorothy’s memory may do so by contributing, in her name to the North Carolina Museum at Southport – Friends of the Museum, PO Box 10412, 204 E. Moore Street, Southport NC 28461 / Paypal at or Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter- 1638 E. Beach Dr., Oak Island, NC 28465 / or online website.

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