Dorothy Rose (Hallenbeck) Carpenter
Dorothy Rose (Hallenbeck) Carpenter died April 16, 2014 in Port Charlotte, FL. She was a life-long resident of Vermontville, MI. Beloved mother of Roz Carpenter, Mary Rose (David) Belz, and James (Charlotte) Carpenter. Adored grandmother of David (Gladys) Lingholm, Rebekah Lingholm, Adam Belz, Logan Belz, Katherine Rose Carpenter, Scot Carpenter, Dawn Tucker, and Reid (Heidi) Tucker. Ema the Great to 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by beloved husband, Elbert Carpenter.
Mom was born June 18, 1926 to Byron Ellis and Ruth Lucille (Powers) Hallenbeck. She graduated from Vermontville High School at the age of 16 and graduated from Albion College in 1946. Her first teaching job was in Waldron, MI where she met the man who became her greatest love. They were married in Vermontville on July 22, 1950 and enjoyed nearly 59 years before he died in 2009. The Carpenters enjoyed travel with their 5th wheel trailer until they purchased a winter residence in Port Charlotte, FL.
Dorothy was very active in the Vermontville United Methodist Church, the Vermontville Women's Club, the Vermontville Historical Society, and other organizations. She taught in several districts, directed plays and musicals and sponsored a variety of school events.
One of Mom's greatest achievements was a project begun shortly after her retirement when she and teaching colleague, Junia Jarvie, began the Maple Valley Memorial Scholarship Foundation. The Foundation is based upon a base fund, using only interest to provide scholarships for students from Maple Valley. As a result, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Maple Valley Memorial Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 715, Nashville, MI 49073.
A celebration of Dorothy's life will be held with a visitation on June 17, 2014 at Vermontville United Methodist Church from 4-7 pm with a prayer service to follow from 7 - 7:30 and a memorial service on June 18, 2014 at 11:00 am with lunch to follow until 2:00 pm at the family farm.
Published in Lansing State Journal on Apr. 20, 2014.