Dorothy Dahlby, 94, of Citrus Springs, Fla., died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, under the loving care of her family, Barrington Place, and Hospice of Citrus County. Dorothy was born Dorothy Elaine Miller on Easter Sunday, April 4, 1920, in Detroit, Mich., to Harry and Irene Miller. She grew up in Grosse Pointe, Mich., and attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa majoring in Theater. While there, she met her future husband, Roger J. "Steve" Dahlby. They were married in Illinois March 16, 1942, and together had two daughters.
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Steve Dahlby was a career Coast Guard officer and stationed in many places including Atlantic City, N.J.; Richmond, Calif.; Hutchinson, Kan.; Long Beach, Calif.; Rhodes, Greece; Groton, Conn.; Manhattan, N.Y.; and Boston, Mass. In fact Dorothy often told people that in the first 30 years of her marriage they moved 27 times. Dorothy worked mainly as a secretary in most of the places she lived. Upon Steve's retirement from the Coast Guard, they relocated to Citrus Springs, in January, 1972. They were members of the Pioneer Club being the 80th family to reside in Citrus Springs.
Dorothy was an active volunteer all of her life. She ran the USO in Atlantic City during World War II and again in Rhodes, Greece in 1954-55. She was a founding member of the Citrus County Art League where she was involved in many theater productions as an actor, director, producer, and costumer extraordinaire since she was also an accomplished seamstress. She was on the Planning Board for the theater building. Dorothy was also a founding member of the Citrus Springs Library, volunteering and serving as president several times. She even found time to volunteer at Citrus Springs Elementary School.
Dorothy was a wonderfully kind and patient person. The strength and integrity she exhibited every day of her life were an inspiration to everyone who knew her. She taught so many life lessons and was amazingly wise. In fact her children were convinced that she knew everything and used her as a personal encyclopedia and source of advice well into adulthood.
She was preceded in death by Captain Roger J. "Steve" Dahlby, her husband of 65 years; her two brothers, Donald and Marvin Miller; and her grandson, William Richmond Lewis. Dorothy is survived by her two daughters, Kristin Johnson and her husband Bob of Citrus Springs and Kathryn Fiese and her husband Gene of Ledyard, Conn.; and her granddaughter, Meredith MacAulay and her husband John of Sydney, Australia.
The family would like to thank both Hospice of Citrus County and her "family" at Barrington Place for their loving and compassionate care.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Jan. 28, 2014