Dorothy Catherine “Dottie” Gwilliams, 73, of Haines City, Fla., formerly of Bellefontaine, died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 9, 2014, surrounded by her family and friends at the Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center in Haines City.
She was born July 21, 1940, in Sac County, Iowa, to the late Martin and Emelia Haukap Reichert. She also was preceded in death by a grandson, Zachary Gwilliams, and a brother-in-law, Bruce Gwilliams.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, William “Bill” Gwilliams, to whom she was married Oct. 1, 1960, in Marysville; her children, Kent (Gay Zauler) Gwilliams of Indianapolis, Denise (Richard) Hoover of Lockbourne and Theresa (Bob) Rabenstein of West Liberty; three grandchildren, Deanna (Leo Bautista) Gwilliams, Bill Rabenstein and Jessica Rabenstein; a great-grandson, Zachary Bautista; two sisters, Lucille (Ralph) Ramsey of Marysville and June (Clydis) Martin of Lakeview; two brothers, Edgar (Bonnie) Reichert of Delaware and Lewis (Nadine) Reichert of McKinney, Texas; her mother-in-law, Beulah Gwilliams of Marysville; several brothers- and sisters-in-law, Waldo (Carol) Gwilliams, Roger (Sandi) Gwilliams, David (Karen) Gwilliams, Wanda Gwilliams, Joyce Peck and Nyla (Richard) Bowersmith, all of Marysville, Judy (Doug) Barnes, Garland, Texas, and Nancy Roosa of Palm Harbor, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors.
Retired from Honda of America Mfg. at East Liberty, Dottie attended the New Horizon United Methodist Church in Haines City and formerly attended the Huntsville United Methodist Church. She was very active with the people at West View Ridge Park, where she taught Swedish weaving and was the “Sunshine Lady” for seven years.
She enjoyed shopping, camping, and most of all spending time with people, especially her family. She will be remembered by her beautiful red hair and smile.
The Rev. Warren Goble officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday at Raymond Church of Christ in Christian Union, 23062 Bear Swamp Road, Raymond. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Mannasmith Funeral Home, Marysville. Burial is in Raymond Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Foundation Fighting Blindness, PO Box 17279, Baltimore MD 21297-0495.
Condolences may be expressed at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.