Dorothy Elizabeth Railing
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Railing, Dorothy Elizabeth
of Scottsdale, Arizona passed away Thursday afternoon at 3 PM, September 18, 2014 with her Nephew and his wife, from Colorado, and a long-time family friend at her bedside at the time. Dorothy had lived a very long and productive and interesting life. The majority of her working career was in the newspaper business. She was born in Huntington, Indiana, daughter of Murney and Ora Simpson. She married William C. Hays May 5, 1934 in Monticello, Illinois. They spent most of their working lives in Central Illinois, first publishing the Cerro Gordo, Illinois newspaper, then the Arthur Graphic Clarion newspaper in Arthur, Illinois. Arthur, Illinois is a large Amish community and they built a fine business there, eventually erecting a new building right off Main Street downtown. Upon retirement, they sold the newspaper and moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where they lived out their lives. William C. Hays preceded Dorothy in death in April, 1976. Later, she married Lawrence C. Railing of Tucson, Arizona in 1978 and he died in 1985. Surviving are one Sister, Sylvia Campion of Decatur, Illinois and several nieces and nephews in the Midwest. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery, Decatur, Illinois Arrangements by Messinger Indian School Mortuary, Scottsdale, Arizona



Published by The Arizona Republic on Sep. 21, 2014.
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Aunt Dorothy -

I remember so many Thanksgivings and Christmas times when Uncle Clarence (Bill) and you would come over to our house when I was a kid for the family gatherings. I always looked up to you and my uncle. The memory of visiting you and Uncle Clarence in Arthur, Illinois also comes back to me. How you could make the keys on that linotype machine fly !! After you moved to Scottsdale I didn't get to see you much but you were never forgotten. I recall coming to Phoenix in the early 90's and my late wife Jane and I along with you and Keith and Shirley going to eat at the Camelback Inn. We so enjoyed that visit. I have confidence that you are now in the presence of the Lord. I am blessed by your memory. I have lost a wonderful aunt and we have all lost a loving and talented lady. God bless. You will never be forgotten and you will always be missed.
Dale Williams
September 28, 2014
She was greatly admired. She loved God's creation and had a grateful heart. She expressed awareness of the love of Jesus. I will never forget her and miss her greatly. She loved people and she loved God.
Lucy Romanella
September 23, 2014
We have heard so many "Aunt Dorothy" stories that, even though we never had the privilege of meeting her, we feel we will miss her too. Our sympathy is with those who knew and loved her. Bob and Hazel Fisher
September 22, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. We know how much Dorothy meant to Keith and Shirley - we are glad you could be with her, and have so many fond memories.

Jan and Lee Lotter
September 22, 2014
Our sympathy goes ,especially,to our very good friends, Keith & Shirley Williams( Dorothy's nephew), talked at length about what a great lady she was. Our sympathy goes to the family.

Bob & Phyllis Brandt
September 22, 2014
Aunt Dorothy I will miss our long distance talks about our memories of days gone by. I will also remember the grace and dignity you had right to the end.
Judy (Lane) Powell
September 22, 2014
Dorothy was an exceptionally sweet lady and a very sweet neighbor. She will be greatly missed. Esther House and Ashley Boyes
September 21, 2014
Shirley and I will miss you so much, Dorothy. You have been such an important part of my life since I can remember. I used to love to come to Arthur, Illinois with Mom & Dad and visit the beautiful old house you and Uncle Clarence (Bill) lived in. The Newspaper business and all the "cool" machinery just mesmerized me. I wonder how many people will even know what a Linotype Machine was, and how you ran one for many years setting the newspaper copy. You accepted and loved Shirley so completely and I loved comparing you two to "Two peas in a pod". How you would giggle at that.
Peace be with you and God Bless you.
E.Keith Williams
September 21, 2014
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