Dorothy Jean Sayre LIEVING

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LIEVING, Dorothy Jean Sayre, 72, died February 26, 2014 of Alzheimer's disease. She was at home, surrounded by her family. She was born in Point Pleasant, WV in the home of her Grandma and Grandpa Church. She was predeceased by her parents, George Elden and Edith Francis Sayre and her sister, Barbara. She is survived by Bernard, her husband of fifty-four years and the love of her life; son Bernard III (Kristen) of Santa Fe, NM, daughters Debra Kleesattel (Robert) of Tampa and Melissa Lieving-Austermehle (Paul) of Fountainville, PA; grandchildren Luke Jackson Austermehle and Susie Sayre Lieving; sister Ruth Uebelhoer (Herbert) of Sacramento, CA; brothers George (Lorraine) of Whiting, NJ and Harold (Freda) of Ft. Davis, TX; fourteen nieces and nephews and numerous grand and great grand nieces and nephews; and countless friends around the world. As Dorothy traveled the continental United States and Europe as an Army chaplain's wife, she held various positions focused primarily in education to include pre-school teacher, instructional aide, and library assistant. Following her retirement from the school system she started her own catering business, "DJ's Delicacies" specializing in unforgettable pies made from the recipes of her father. Dorothy always set a leader's example in caring for soldiers and families; keenly aware of the need for 'support during the many transitions of Army life. She was the hostess par excellence whether creating intimate dinners or big parties as part of her role as an Army chaplain's wife; a duty and responsibility she loved and took very seriously. Living out of the foundation of her strong Christian faith Dorothy had a heart for the disenfranchised and victims of injustice and discrimination. She did not tolerate bigotry and lived by example when at Hyde Park United Methodist Church she started the Peanut Butter Buddy sandwich ministry. With a couple loaves of bread and jars of peanut butter and jelly, she provided Sunday morning food for the disadvantaged. Today that ministry has evolved into the Open Arms ministry that serves hot breakfast every Sunday to 200 individuals in need and provides monthly haircuts and clothing distribution. Through sixteen moves and all the life changes associated with them, Dorothy always put her own needs second and made her first priority her children, ensuring every house became a home the moment they arrived at each new location. Dorothy will be remembered for her independent spirit, brilliant smile and infectious laugh, her life- long stand for justice and equality, and her love and strength as a wife and mother. The family thanks the many neighbors and friends for their love and support during the last days of Dorothy's life. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at Hyde Park United Methodist on Saturday, March 1st, at 11 :OOAM with a reception following at the church. Dorothy's ashes will be held by the family until Bernard's death when they will be inurned together at Arlington National Cemetery. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Open Arms Ministry of Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 500 W. Platt Street, Tampa FL 33606. Please sign the online guestbook at

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