Dorothy “Dot” Blyth (née Rhyne), 93, died Saturday, June, 3, 2017 at Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill, of complications following pneumonia.Dorothy was born on December 30, 1923 in Conover, NC to O.P. and Huldah Rhyne. She grew up in Clemson, SC with her beloved younger siblings, sister Emma Lee and brother Edwin. Dorothy graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1945 with a BA in History. As an undergraduate at Carolina, she played on the women’s tennis team with her sister and served as an officer of the International Relations Club.She married US Navy Lieutenant Carl S. Blyth from Pittsburgh, PA in 1945 in a ceremony at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco. In 1948, she completed her MA in French with a minor in English at UNC-Chapel Hill. A strong advocate of public education, Dorothy taught English and French at Hickory High School and Atlantic Christian College before joining the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools where she taught French at Chapel Hill High School, Guy B. Phillips and Grey Culbreth Junior High Schools. Dorothy loved people and loved to socialize. She especially enjoyed gatherings where there was music and dancing. She had many passions including gardening, tennis, Carolina basketball, and reading, particularly biographies and historical novels.A dedicated francophile, Dorothy passed on her love for French culture, history and language to a generation of young Chapel Hillians. From 1968 to 1978, she led numerous summer study abroad programs with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) and was an active member of the local chapter of the Alliance Française. Throughout her life, she enjoyed receiving postcards from former students who were visiting France. They would recount with a mixture of surprise and amusement how much they had remembered from her enthusiastic language lessons. A resident of Chapel Hill since the early 1950s, Dorothy was involved in many civic organizations such as the Morgan Creek Neighborhood Association, the Chapel Hill Public Library, the Chapel Hill Tennis Club, the Chapel Hill Historical Society, and the University Women’s Club. In particular, she was a devoted member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where she served for many years on the Church Council. During her retirement, she continued to explore the world with her husband and her grown children, traveling throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, and the Seychelles Islands. Her travels to faraway places aside, she loved nothing more than spending a week at the beach each summer, preferably at Emerald Isle, NC, surrounded by her children and grandchildren.Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, O.P. and Huldah Rhyne, her husband Carl, and her brother Edwin Rhyne of Williamsburg, VA. She is survived by her children, daughter Elaine Bixiones and husband Michael Bixiones of Jacksonville, NC; daughter Karen Blyth of Chapel Hill, NC; and son Carl Blyth and husband Joseph Salvato of Austin, TX; sister Lee Patterson of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren Christine, Caroline, Sarah, Katie, Claire and Dottie; and great grandchildren Rowan, Cora and Revi. She is also survived by the dearly loved families of her sister, the Pattersons of Atlanta, GA and the Gulleys of Durham, NC; and of her brother, the Rhynes and the Parkers of Williamsburg, VA, and the Coates of Arlington, VA.A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 24, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Chapel Hill, at 4:00 pm where friends and family are welcome to gather in celebration of Dorothy’s life. The service will be immediately followed by a reception at the church. The family wishes to extend their deep gratitude to the caring staff of Building 4 and Building 5 of Carol Woods Retirement Community as well as the staff of Helping Hands and HomeWatch Caregivers for giving her the joy of human connection throughout her final years. In addition, the family thanks the medical staff of UNC Medical Center in Hillsborough and UNC Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her memory to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for the renovation campaign Renew 300 or to the Chapel Hill Public Library.