She worked in shoe sales, first at Myers Brothers Dept store, then at Phipps Shoe at Young's Dept store. She was a active member of the Baptist Church, the denomination of her family for generations, holding various offices through the years.
Dorothy died of metastatic ovarian cancer of 18 month duration.
The funeral was held at the First Baptist Church in Mattoon on a Monday morning with Rev. E.E. Elliott officating. Pallbearers were representatives of each of her children's families: Sean, Brian, and Todd Van Gundy, Doug McClellan, Cory Buckly, and Kent and Tara Wetzel, Kent being the only non descendant.