Dorotha Eileen Dowding of Onondaga,
Passed away October 23, 2020 at the age of 89. Dorotha was born in Hopkinsville, KY, November 5, 1930, the daughter of Thomas “Gene” and Anna “Ethel” (Vinson) Petty. She graduated from high school in Battle Creek and later worked as a cashier for A & P in Eaton Rapids and Hammond Hardware in Jackson. Dorotha loved to read, listen to country music, collect salt and pepper shakers and go for long walks.
Dorotha is survived by her daughters, Sharyn (Thomas) Cahill of Rives Junction, Lynda (William) Gokay of Pleasant Lake; son, Richard Dowding of Onondaga; daughter-in-law, Cindy Dowding of Lake, MI; 8 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 1 great-great granddaughter; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Orville “Chuck” Dowding; son, Randall Dowding; grandson, Richard Dowding II; sisters, Evelyn Petty and Jean Thompson; brother, Donald Petty.
Funeral services will be 1 pm Wednesday October 28, 2020 at the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place in Tompkins Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Please visit our website to place online condolences, www.millsfuneral.com.
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