Dortha M. Burnside|
Dortha Marie Burnside, 91, has gone to be with the Lord. She is no longer in pain.
She was born to Roma and Goldie Hale on June 25, 1923 in Sweetland, W. Va. in Lincoln County, and died on August 7, 2014 in Medina, Ohio.
She was a real "Rosie the Riveter" at a defense plant during World War II in Charleston, W. Va., where she met her husband, Dovener. After the War, they moved to Akron to raise a family. For the last 42 years she made her home at Jet Park in Palmetto, Fla. As many women did in the 50's, she was a "stay-at-home mom."
She said many times, if she had been born 50 years later, she would have become a carpenter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1980; her daughter, Edna Floyd, in 2010; and her sister, Alcie Johnson, in 2014.
She is survived by her daughters, Phyllis (Everett) Schwerin of Tacoma, Wash. and Dianna (Larry) Huffman of Medina, Ohio; son-in-law, Robert Floyd of Akron, Ohio; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sister, Gae Beagle of Lisbon, Ohio and several nieces, nephews and their families.
When in Akron, she was an active member of Springfield Baptist Church. After moving to Florida she became a member of Palm View Baptist Church. She never retired from volunteering in her church and community.
He request was that there be no calling hours or funeral service. She has been laid to rest beside her husband at Hillside Memorial Park in Akron. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to be sent to Jet Park, 506 5th Ave., Palmetto, FL 34221 for tree and bench replacement.
Hecker, 330 699-2600
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Aug. 10, 2014