MOUNT VERNON — Dorothy L. Hart, 91, passed away in Palliative Care July 4, 2018, with family at her side.

She was born Dottie Dickinson Oct. 19, 1926, in Crestline, to Thelma (Earlywine) and Leland Dickinson. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Eunice (Delbert) Stinehelfer, and brother, Pastor Richard (Florence) Dickinson, and two husbands. She was married to US Army WWII veterans, Robert French (father of her four children) in 1942 and later, Robert Hart in 1958.

She is survived by her beloved children, Robert (Sue) French of Bradenton, Florida, Kathy Nelson and Patricia (Dale) Sexton, both of Mount Vernon, and Tedd (Marianne) French of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Grandchildren include Robert (Cindi) French, Steven (Lyndi) French, Jeff (Sandy) Roseberry, James (Aimee) Hart, Rebecca Nelson, Jonathan (Lara) White, Matthew (Denise) White, Isaac (Elizabeth) White, Nathan (Christina) French and Katy (Jonathan) Messare.

The delights of her life, her great-grandchildren, include: Lucas French; Austin, Emily, and Caitlyn French; Jessica Roseberry McCoy, Chelsea and Danny Mayes, Ella Menke; Adley, Hayden, and Bri White; Lillian and Landon White; Alexandra, Emerson, and Charlotte White; Genesis, Elijah, Malachi, and Promise Messare.

Dorothy was the retired Director/Instructor of Unit Secretaries at Kettering Medical Center, Dayton, were she supervised hundreds of employees, and later was Administrative Secretary for the Ohio Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Mount Vernon.

She enjoyed volunteering at the Acts Center, painting, singing tenor in the church choir, and caring for her many actual and “adopted” grandchildren.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the wonderful staff of Brookdale Senior Living Center and Hospice of Knox County for their compassionate care of their loving Momma and Granny.

Calling hours will be on Saturday, July 7, from 2-3 p.m., at Lasater’s Funeral Home, 11337 Upper Gilchrist Road, Mount Vernon, followed by a private graveside service. A memorial service to celebrate her life is planned for October.

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