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Dorothy Dobesh, 93

March 9, 2012

Life’s journey came to an end for Dorothy Mae Kimball Dobesh Feb., 23, 2012.
She was the fifth of six children born to Bertie Frank Kimball and Mabel Clair House Kimball May 1, 1918, on a farm outside Berwyn. Her family called her “Little Dubs” because she was so small.
She attended a one-room schoolhouse and delighted in sitting on the front bench with her older brother, Bill. She graduated from Ansley High School, where she was an outstanding student, excelling in writing, poetry and art.
During those years, the farm students were brought into town on Monday and returned to the farm on Friday. They either lived in a boarding house, or in Dorothy’s case she lived with the school principal’s family and cared for the children to pay for room and board. She also had the ability to fix hair and earned 25 cents a head for fixing the teachers’ hair.
Dorothy and her sister, Gennie, were excellent runners and their father would take them around to county fairs, where they would always take first and second place in the races. It was with money from these wins that she was able to buy her first store-bought dress, which she could describe in detail.
Dorothy was a composite of creative ability whether it was cooking, designing clothes, sewing, knitting, writing or organizing events.
The golf course was named West Wind by her. She was also quite a good bridge player. She and Mary Hardessen were a formidable team.
She married Marius Emerson Dobesh June 1, 1938. She joined “Dobe” in Ogallala. They were a handsome, hard-working couple. Three children came from that union; Karma Dee, James Dennis and Debra Joleen.
Dorothy worked with the Miss America Pageant and created many opportunities for self-improvement for young women. Dorothy helped with the Miss Ogallala Pageant as well as chaperoning Miss Nebraska at the Miss America Pageant. She served as a judge for many pageants throughout the state.
The United Methodist Church gave Dorothy the opportunity to express her faith, especially through the devotionals she gave for her circle. She supported her community through many organizations. She felt strongly that everyone should work at making themselves better and reaching their full potential.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, one sister and her beloved husband of 71 years, “Dobe.”
She leaves to mourn her passing, her children, Karma (Mark) Williamson of Spokane, Wash., James D. of Denver, Colo., and Debra Dosek of Clemmons, NC.; five grandchildren, Kristin Williamson (Bruce) Keeling, Wendy Williamson (Paul) Finster, Matthew (Keron) Williamson, Dan (Julie) Dosek and Drew Dosek; and seven great-grandchildren.
We all believe it has been a privilege and a blessing to be part of her life. Her family came first and she held true to her values and passed on those beliefs and values through example and respect.
She showed great strength and grace throughout these past difficult years.
In accordance with Dorothy’s wishes, her body will be cremated and inurnment will be at a later date.
A donation may be sent to your favorite charity in the memory of Dorothy.
Memorial services were Saturday, March 3, 2012, in the Ogallala United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Chuck Rager officiating. Gubser Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Published in Custer County Chief, March 8, 2012

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