Dora Flore Hartwell Was Noted Jewelry Designer

Dora Flore Hartwell, age 90, died peacefully on Feb. 11, 2004. Born in Central Falls, R.I., the daughter of Joseph and Alphonsine Marchand, she was the wife of the late Arthur I. Hartwell.

She attended Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I. Dora was a well-known jewelry designer and many of her designs are currently being used today. She was also a fashion designer and model. She was active with the Providence Players at the Barker Playhouse and the Providence Art Club. Dora and Arthur started summering in Oak Bluffs in the 1940s and had many wonderful times in Ocean Park. They became full-time residents in Vineyard Haven during the 1960s. Here they enjoyed the harbor activities from their waterfront home. She was a member of the East Chop Beach Club, Martha's Vineyard Garden Club, New England Steamship Foundation, and volunteered for many nonprofit organizations.

She is survived by her son, Warren R. Hartwell, and his wife, Nancy, of Tisbury and Rehoboth. She was predeceased by three sisters, Beatrice, Loretta and Annette.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Augustine's Church in Vineyard Haven at 11 a.m. on Feb. 21. Memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard Inc., P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. Arrangements are by the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs. For more information, directions and the funeral home's online guest book, visit