Headstream, Dorothy Harrison
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94, passed away on Thursday, February 21, at home with her family. She was married for 70 years to Joe Headstream (d. 2007, aged 92). Dorothy was born on May 16, 1918, on a tobacco farm in Upper Marlboro Maryland, the middle of 5 girls. She met her future husband in September, 1936, when he arrived with a letter of introduction to the family, having arrived in Washington DC from TX to attend George Washington University on a basketball scholarship. Three months later, they were married in Elkton MD, in the presence of Dorothy's mother, Jessie Harrison. Dorothy and Joe raised their family in IL, TX, LA, and VA, and, for the last 30 years, lived in Scottsdale. She worked as a stenographer at the US Treasury until WWII and, later, as a secretary for the US Army for several years. Dorothy read voraciously, was an accomplished needlewoman, a cook renowned for her fried chicken and desserts, and a killer Scrabble player. The last game she played, the week before her death, she won handily. But the most cherished part of her life was lived as wife and mother. She was the mother of 3 children, JoAnn Ecke (Robert) of Wilton CT, John Headstream (Linda) of Los Angeles, and David Headstream (Lisa) of Phoenix. She also leaves behind 3 grandchildren (Margot Ecke of Winterville GA, Kristin Hayward of Surprise AZ, and Jessica Headstream of Datil NM), 3 great-grandchildren (Jack Hayward, Jane Hayward, and Hazel Ecke-Broughton), and was predeceased by a grandson, Clayton Ecke. Dorothy left this life with the calm and peace that she brought to life and is missed tremendously by her grieving family. A private service was held at the National Memorial Veteran's Cemetery, February 23, 2013.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 27, 2013