Dorothy Lee Hartley, 99, of Shawnee, passed away Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.
Dorothy Lee Hartley, Shawnee, passed from this life on Dec. 4, 2017, at the age of 99 years.
Dorothy was born July 24, 1918, in Centerville, Ohio, to Grace Pearl Wise Moore and James Stanley Moore.
When Dorothy was 11 years old, her mother died. She lived in Centerville and Belmont, Ohio, with grandparents and various relatives throughout school. High school years, Dorothy lived with an invalid aunt in Belmont. Along with attending school, Dorothy became her aunt’s caregiver. Recognizing the extensive care she provided her aunt, the community collected funds for Dorothy to attend nursing school.
After graduating in 1936 from Belmont High School, Dorothy attended the Wheeling School of Nursing in West Virginia. Dorothy sometimes accompanied doctors in traveling to inner-city housing to assist with delivering babies. She remembers one of her nursing tasks was to spread newspapers over the area to provide a clean barrier for the delivery.
Dorothy served as a nurse at a tuberculosis sanitarium for a while and contracted TB herself. As a patient, she took the “rest cure” for one year at a facility in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Frederick County, Maryland, where patients slept on a screened-in porch, breathing the clean mountain air at night and lounging in the sunshine in the daytime. Incidentally, the facility overlooked the presidential retreat of Camp David, Maryland.
Dorothy married Kenneth Franklin Hartley in 1943. Their first child, Robert Lee, was born in Chicago in 1944. Summers were so hot there that the family often took a blanket and a short walk to Lake Michigan, where they slept overnight on the cool, sandy beach.
Three other children followed over the next 11 years: Linda Kay, Stephen Randolph, and Christine Elizabeth. Dorothy was a strong, devoted mother. In addition to Chicago, the family lived in Ohio and Indiana.
After the loss of her husband, Dorothy moved to Oklahoma in 1977 to live with her son and has lived in Shawnee since 1982.
Dorothy was an excellent cook, and especially loved baking. She was still buying cookbooks at age 97. For birthdays, Christmas, and other occasions, children and grandchildren would always look forward to an assortment of homemade cookies and fudge.
Dorothy had big plans of what she was going to do when she won the Publisher’s Clearing House or other sweepstakes and subscribed to a number of magazines to increase her chances of winning. That day never came.
Preceding Dorothy in death were her parents, husband, and siblings: James Stanley Moore Jr., Marjorie Kroh, Donald “Bud” Moore, and Norman Moore.
Survivors include children: Robert Hartley and wife, Judy, Shawnee; Linda Claunch, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Stephen Hartley and wife, Brynn, Erie, Colorado; Christine Fritz and husband Jim, Lake Village, Indiana; grandchildren: Jennifer Claunch-Meyers, Milwaukee; Christopher Claunch, Milwaukee; Steven Hartley Jr., Chicago; Malinda Hart, Fairbanks, Alaska; James Fritz III, Indianapolis, Indiana; Marlene Isaacs, Tulsa; Matthew Thomas, Denver, Colorado; great-grandchildren: Kinley and Adelyn Hart, Fairbanks, Alaska, and grandson to be born in 2018; one sister-in-law, Mary Moore, St. Petersburg, Florida; and friend and caring neighbor, Ida Ruth Suttle.
Resthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A private graveside service for the family will be held at Resthaven Memorial Park, Shawnee, on Dec. 7.
The family would like to thank the staff of Rose Manor for their loving care of Dorothy this past year.