Dorothy “Dotty” Kay Phillips (nee Ireland) born 9-21-1938 in Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away on 7-27-2017 in Cleveland, Ohio at age 78. She was the beloved mother of Karen Ireland-Phillips (Chris), Kelly Small (Michael), Korbi Roberts, Kathi Johnson, and Karel Slitz (deceased) (Aaron); loving grandmother to Aaron, Matthew, and Leah Small; Kelsey and Jesse Roberts; Tyler, Jessica and Debbie Johnson; Alex, Adam and Amelia Slitz and six great-grandchildren; dear sister of Suzy Miller (John); cherished aunt of Mark and Matt Miller.
Dotty was an incredible and amazing woman. Born a “lefty” with a strong will to overcome and “rise”. She was raised in an era when women were expected to stay at home and stay quiet. Instead, she lifted her torch and spoke out for the common good, in an endless quest for equality, as well as for the acceptable quality of life for all people. Always a good listening ear, so many sought her out for comfort and advice, as her door was always open. She imparted her wisdom when needed, and taught the women in her life to be empowered and to believe in their worth. She was open-minded and able to see many points of view. She was an activist, leader in the community, and had a lifelong commitment to making the world a better place through volunteering.
Dotty graduated from Ball State in Indiana with a teaching degree, and later in life finished a degree in Social Anthropology at Cleveland State University. She worked professionally as a recreational therapist and an activities director of nursing homes. Her volunteer activities and achievements include PTA President, Welcome Wagon President, president of board of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Girl Scout troop leader, Girl Scout Troop services director, speaker and trainer for the Alzheimer’s Association. She became a Stephen Minister through the Church of the Saviour helping those in spiritual need through outreach. Her favorite poet was Maya Angelou, and her hobbies included reading, crocheting, playing bridge, gardening, watching auto racing, architectural and local history, and collecting antiques and mementos. One of her joys was meeting and talking with people. She was always grateful for all her loving family and good friends. She will be dearly missed by so many.
Visitation will be held at the Church of the Saviour, 2537 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 10:00 am. Service at 11:00 a.m. with reception to follow. Interment will be at the Church of the Saviour Columbarium.
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All of our funeral home locations offer complete services for traditional funerals, funerals followed by cremation, graveside services, shipping arrangements and direct cremations with memorial services.
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