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Dorothy VanDyke

November 27, 2012
The Herald-Star

VANDYKE, Dorothy Mae Llewellyn, of Wellsburg WV entered peacefully into eternal life with her Lord on Sunday, November 25, 2012.

Dorothy was born September 19, 1929, to Charles and Essie Llewellyn of Wellsburg. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 63 years, Paul VanDyke; her brother, Charles (Bud) Llewellyn; and four sisters, Charlotte Jackson, Virginia Jones, Mary Francis Snedeker and Cora Wohnhas.

She is survived by a special niece who was raised with her, Carol Floyd of Follansbee.

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Dorothy was the loving mother of two sons and two daughters, Dr. Paul VanDyke Jr. and his wife, Marla, of Vienna, WV, Mike VanDyke and his wife, Karen, Joyce Rea and her husband, Chip, and Jane Utz and her husband, Don, all of Follansbee, WV. Dorothy was loved dearly by her nine grandchildren,Ashley (Chris) VanDyke Altman, Dr. Bradley (Lindsey) VanDyke, Dan (Cienna) VanDyke, Chip Rea, Brian (Bethany) Rea, Dana VanDyke, Derek (RaeAnn) VanDyke, Lindsey Utz and Donnie (Morgan) Utz. She was also blessed with 12 great-grandchildren.

Dorothy worked as a secretary at Erskine Glass Company for a brief time before becoming a full time mother and devoted minister's wife. As her children grew she went back to work as a secretary at Brooke High School until her retirement. During her life, she shared her talents in the Martins Ferry, Follansbee, Wellsburg, and Brooke Hills Free Methodist Churches for God's glory; serving as a kindergarten Sunday School teacher, song leader, pianist, steward, and most importantly as a Christian role model to all who met her.

She loved cooking Sunday dinners for her family, spending time playing with her grandchildren, relaxing at the beach, making quilts and visiting with neighbors, friends and family on her porch swing. She never allowed anyone to visit without serving them a delicious meal or a mouth watering dessert. In her final years as Alzheimer's settled in, she retired to Ann's Country Retreat where she was cared for with love.

Dorothy devoted her life to her family and God. She will always be remembered as a kind, caring, nurturing Christian woman who exemplified Christ in every aspect of her life.

Friends will be received at Reasner Funeral Home, 1515 Charles St., Wellsburg, WV on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, from 5-8 p.m., and again Thursday November 29, 2012, from 11 until the time of service at noon, with Rev. Bryce Grieco officiating.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church or Alzheimer's Association at alz.org. Online condolences at Reasnerof Wellsburg.com

 
 

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