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Dorothy White's world revolved on playing bridge, visiting London

DUNEDIN — Dorothy White was equally at home in two worlds: her bridge club and on the streets of London.

One routine was staid and orderly, the other full of bustle.

Both were social and carefully chosen.

Mrs. White was accomplished at bridge and played four times a week. But she looked forward to her annual trips to London and went there 20 times, usually with her husband, children or grandchildren in tow.

Mrs. White, a master bridge player and tour guide for her family, died April 25 of pneumonia at Mease Countryside Hospital. She was 77.

"She was more outgoing than me," said Donald White, her husband. They met playing bridge in Indianapolis. He was a widower; she was divorced. They married in 1987 and moved to Dunedin in 1989, the year he retired from Travelers Insurance.

They found a home at the Clearwater Duplicate Bridge Club, where card players throw down seven days a week.

"They're all highly competitive," said Mr. White, 83, who like his wife attained the ranking of Silver Life Master. She was the more die-hard player of the two.

Mrs. White was born in Indiana and graduated from Southern Illinois University with an economics degree. She married a military man, her husband said. They had three children.

After her marriage to Donald White, the couple traveled Europe, Asia and the Far East. They spent one month driving through Germany, another through France. But their favorite destination was London.

"She knew London inside out," said fellow bridge player Janet Jones, 77, who went to London with the Whites several years ago. "We toured from 8 a.m. until we collapsed in our room at night. I don't think we missed a thing."

She especially enjoyed the crowded streets of Covent Garden. She liked to explore its back streets and to walk past trinket shops, street performers, markets and the Royal Opera House. They ate a full breakfast and nibbled later on, eating at bargain restaurants and lining up at the Half-Price Ticket Booth in Leicester Square for theater tickets.

As a kind of rite of passage, Mrs. White took each of five grandchildren to London when they reached 13 or 14. "They still talk about that," her husband said.

Instead of plunking an inheritance into a mutual fund, she took her entire family to London in 2003.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder curtailed Mrs. White's overseas trips in recent years — but not her bridge playing. Between recent hospital stays, she managed two more days of duplicate bridge.

Andrew Meacham can be reached at (727) 892-2248 or ameacham@sptimes.com.

>>Biography

Dorothy Marie White

Born: Sept. 14, 1932.

Died: April 25, 2010.

Survivors: Husband Donald; daughter Marie Mooney and her husband, Jeff; sons Frank Hazzard and his wife, Lisa, and Larry Hazzard; four stepchildren; five grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

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