Dorothy "Dotty" Kemick Huckabone, 81, passed away on Monday (Dec. 30, 2013) after a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.
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Born Nov. 9, 1932, and raised in Bradford, Pa., Dotty was the 10th of 12 children born to Florence and Edward Kemick.
She was an avid ice skater, as soon as the creek froze each winter. As she grew older, Dotty worked as a "soda jerk," volunteered as a a candy striper and marched as a majorette in her high school band.
Mutual friends introduced Dotty to a smart-alecky guy named Paul who she couldn't stand to be around, and who told his friends Dotty was "the girl I'm going to marry;" and he did, in 1951. Dotty relocated to Riverside, Calif., while her husband, Paul, was off serving his country in Korea. Paul and Dotty eventually became a family of five, with Mary Ann, Paul Jr., and Joan.
Dotty was a most active parent volunteer in every aspect of her children's life at St. Catherine's School. Most memorably, she led the "hot lunch ladies" in serving a hot meal to students once a week amidst the giggles and laughter of a group of moms who loved their kids and loved being together. Dotty went on to become a beloved kindergarten teacher at St. Catherine's School, educating hundreds of students and sharing her deep devotion to the Catholic faith, particularly the Holy Rosary.
Dotty's proudest accomplishments were the advanced degrees that all of her children hold; the beautiful church, school and convent that she and Paul worked tirelessly to build and support at St. Catherine's; the seven grandchildren she loved to spoil; and her lifelong love for Paul.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Sisters of St. Francis, 843 13th Ave. North, Clinton Iowa, 52732.
Published in The Bradford Era from Jan. 21 to Jan. 28, 2014