Dorothy J. Elliott, 84, of Midland, died Friday evening, June 20, 2014 at Midland King's Daughters from the ravages of progressive nuclear palsy. She was born Sept. 15, 1929 in Freeport, Ill., daughter of the late Walter Albert and Dorothy Helen (Staas) Greier. Dorothy attended Elizabeth, Ill. High School, graduating in 1943; she then continued at Frances Shimer Junior College in Mount Carroll, Ill., graduating in 1947 where she had enjoyed riding her show horse "Duke;" she attended Purdue University
, graduating in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics with a teaching certificate. While at Purdue, she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi.
She married Edward C. Elliott June 16, 1951 in Elizabeth, Ill. Dorothy started her working career with The Dow Corning Corp., then moved on to the National Marketing Surveys and then finishing her working career with St. John's Lutheran Church as their secretary for 15 years, retiring in 1991.
Dorothy was very active with several different organizations, which include, Charter member of Mid-Michee Bowmen where she served as secretary and Vice-President; charter member of United Cerebral Palsy Association of Midland County and was their President for 15 years.
Dorothy and her family was one of five families that started the physically handicapped program in the Midland Public Schools. She was a charter member of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail. In 1983, Dorothy was associated with the National Ski Patrol System, serving for 25 years. She also served as an Instructor trainer, first aid and CPR instructor; charter member of Pine Haven Nordic Ski Patrol, where she served as Patrol Representative; volunteer instructor since 1988 for the American Red Cross and was a faithful member of St. John's Lutheran Church and had served as Operations Chairman.
Surviving in addition to her husband, Edward, is her son, Kevin Elliott; daughter-in-law, Virginia; granddaughter, Stephanie Jean Stahl; great-grandchildren, Savanna, Jackson and Madison; step-grandchildren, Nicholas Alonzo Frost and Jared Evan Frost. Besides her parent's, a daughter died at birth; a son, Robin Ralph Elliott died at the age of 12 from cerebral palsy; and a sister and brother-in-law, Carol Ann (Albert) Fritsch preceded her in death.
A memorial service for Dorothy will take place 11 a.m., Saturday, June 28, 2014 from St. John's Lutheran Church. Pastor Dan Kempin and the Rev. Lois I. Koke will officiate. Dorothy's family will receive friends at the church on Saturday, from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider St. John's Lutheran Church or Bethesda. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Directors. www.waresmithwoolever.com