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Dorothy Gates "Dottie" Crockett

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Dorothy "Dottie" Gates Crockett, 62, died peacefully on May 13, 2012, at her Baton Rouge residence. Dorothy was born on December 21, 1949, in Anniston, Alabama, to Annie Pearl Gates and Willie James Ogletree. She graduated from her hometown high school, Cobb Ave High, in 1968. While attending Cobb, she was active in the History Club, Annual Staff and FHA Club. Her love of extracurricular activities would continue even in her later years. After her graduation, she moved to New York City, New York, in order to pursue new and exciting career opportunities available to her in the big city. In 1970, while still living in New York, she met the love of her life, Clarence Joseph Crockett, Jr. A little over a year later, on September 18, 1971, they became husband and wife. Soon after they would move to Baton Rouge, LA, the hometown of her husband. In 1974, she was hired by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, where she enjoyed an impressive 38-year career and also rose to the position of Director of Plan Performance. Despite health issues and the demands of being wife, mother and executive, she was a member of various clubs including but not limited to: the Exchange Club of Baton Rouge, where she had the honor of serving as president from 1997-1998, the League of Women Voters, and a host of others. She also had a charitable side. Dorothy donated to many organizations such as the American Red Cross, Junior Achievement and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Dorothy is survived by her loving and devoted husband Clarence, their two children Christopher Matthew Crockett, Baton Rouge, LA, and Kerrie Samantha Crockett, Miami Beach, FL; her siblings, Eddie M. Gates, Birmingham, AL, Carolyn G. Jones, Anniston, AL, Sharon Stockdale, Anniston, AL, and Michael A. Gates, Oxford, AL. Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, Willie James Ogletree and Annie Pearl Gates. Viewing for Dorothy begins at 9 a.m. with the service starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 19, 2012, at St. Isidore Catholic Church, 5657 Thomas Road, Baton Rouge, LA, 70811, with Father Frank Bass officiating. The interment will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the at www.kidney.org, the at www.diabetes.org, or the Rheumatoid Division of the at www.arthritis.org/rheumatoid-arthritis.php. Funeral arrangements made by Hall Davis & Son. To view and sign the guestbook, please visit www.hallsinc.net.
Published in The Advocate from May 17 to May 18, 2012
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