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Dolly McDowell Wimberly

Beacon - Ms. Dolly received her golden wings on July 3, 2018 at St Lukes Hospital in Newburgh, NY, after a short illness. She was 102 years young.

She was born in Oakland, Miss. on March 6, 1916 to Zana (Tolbert) and John McDowell. She was the fourth of seven children. Rosie, John, Alfonso, Lewis, Washington and Everdeen predeceased her.

Ms. Dolly attended the Charleston Grammar School while in Mississippi.

After her father passed, Ms. Dolly's mother requested that should anything happen to her, hat the oldest children would see to it that all of the children stay together. In 1932 her mother passed and as requested Rosie, the oldest, took the two girls. John, the oldest boy, took the three boys. As it happened, Rosie and John were living in Paterson, NJ, just blocks from each other. So, the family was able to stay together.Ms. Dolly finished her education in School #8 in Paterson. Her first job after finishing school was at Bobizon Silk Mill, where she was a folder of women's gowns and slips, for three years. After leaving there she was a babysitter for one year.

In 1943 Ms. Dolly married Edward Wimberly, they moved to New York City. In 1945 they moved to Beacon, NY and shorly afterwards, Ms. Dolly joined the Beulah Baptist Church in Wappingers Falls, NY. There she served as an usher. She also enjoyed visiting other churches in Beacon, especially Springfield Baptist Church.Ms. Dolly was very civic-minded. She was a member of the Addie W. Hunton Club in Beacon, NY, attending regional meetings with the different clubs in the area and participating in Fellowship Sunday with them once a year (May). She attended school board and city council meetings.In the 1960's and 1970's Ms. Dolly helped with fundraising for the club by baking pies and cakes to sell. Some of the money was used to host block parties for the children and some was used to help their girls' clubs in Beacon.

Ms. Dolly worked at several jobs in Beacon. One of her first jobs was making button holes for military uniforms. She also worked at Trynell Nursing Home as a cook and was a waitress and cooked greens at BJ's Restaurant in Beacon.

In 1974, Ms. Dolly moved to Davies South Terrace, on the third floor, where she still lived, until her death. When asked why she did not want an apartment on the first floor, Ms. Dolly always said, with a smile, "because I don't want anyone walking over my head".

Her husband, Edward, passed in 2008. Until February 2015, when her youngest sister, Everdeen (96 years young), passed, Dolly would catch the Shortline Bus to Ridgewood, then to Paterson to help care for her.Ms. Dolly loved the Mets Baseball Team and Bingo Night. Until a couple of years ago you could still see Ms. Dolly walking all the way from South Avenue up to Bingo on Teller Avenue.

She also loved cooking, baking, sewing and playing the lottery, anyone visiting Ms. Dolly would most likely have smelled her favorite meal, chicken and a pot of stringbeans and potatoes cooking in her kitchen.

Ms. Dolly recited the 23rd Psalm every night before going to bed and every morning before getting out of bed.Although Ms.Dolly and her husband were never blessed with any children of their own, she helped raise many children in Beacon. Some of them still call her mom and their children call her grandma. She raised a Village. Ms.Dolly touched the lives of many with her generosity, wisdom & motherly advice the list is seemingly endless. One of those special people, who still refers to her as mom, is Jamie, who now lives in California with his wife and four children. He calls her every day.Another very special friend who has grown up knowing Ms. Dolly is Tina Sinclair of Paterson, NJ.

Ms. Dolly ruled the roost at Davies South Terrace. No one disrespected her, children or adults. She felt blessed to have had so many people in her life who still cared about her.In addition to her large extended family, Ms. Dolly is survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews who regularly stayed in touch with her.

Mrs. Wimberly will repose 9-10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Springfield Baptist Church, 8 Mattie Cooper Square, Beacon, NY 12508. Service 10:00 a.m. at the church. Interment at Cedar Lawn Cemetery & Crematory, Paterson, New Jersey. Professional services entrusted to Rhodes Funeral Home, 43 Fairview Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY. "Committed To Being The Very Best" Call us anytime 452-2894 or 452-6143.
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on July 10, 2018
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