Julia M. "Julie" Dorothy

Julia M. "Julie" Dorothy, age 93 of Sioux Falls, formerly of Philip, SD, died Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Sioux Falls Villages in Sioux Falls.

Julia M. "Julie" McGrath was born September 23, 1917 in Wecota, South Dakota, the daughter of Alvia McGrath and Olive (Smith) McGrath. As a young child she moved with her parents to western South Dakota to her mother's homestead near Powell, in October 1919. She attended country school near her home for eight years. Due to drought and depression she went to work at an early age, working in the homes and businesses of people who needed homemaking assistance. In the 1940's she trained as a telephone operator and advanced to Chief Operator at the Philip Telephone Company prior to her marriage.

Julie and Lester "Hap" Dorothy were married June 1 1943 in Temple, Texas where Hap was stationed at Fort Hood military base where he was serving as a sergeant in an Ordinance Maintenance Battalion at the time. After his discharge, Hap and Julie returned to Philip where Hap and his brother, Earl Dorothy, continued to own and operate several businesses in Philip. Hap passed away in November 1985.

Julie was a constant support to Hap and took great pride in maintaining their home and raising their two sons, Grant and Charles. You could always find her at the baseball, football, basketball, and track events, usually driving one of the cars necessary to transport the players to and from the events, or manning the concession stands to raise money for the teams equipment needs.

Julie was very proud of Philip and participated greatly in the civic events of the community. Almost every large happening would find her involved, most likely in the kitchen, cooking for large and small gatherings alike; or working with the American Legion or Senior Citizens Center where she was one of the original members and a reliable and active participant.

After Hap's death on November 15, 1985, Julie moved to Sioux Falls to be closer to her sons and her grandchildren; living with her son Grant from 2002 until moving into the Good Samaritan Nursing home in February of 2010.

Survivors include her two sons Grant E. Dorothy and Charles L. Dorothy (Donna) of Sioux Falls; seven grandchildren: Steve Dorothy, Ross Dorothy, Todd Dorothy (Diane), Alison Weber (Scott), Jocilyn Holm (Thad), Shaun Dorothy (Breanna) and Matt Dorothy; seven great-grandchildren: Colin, Erin, Landon, Preston, Chase, Graham and Savannah; a brother, Howard McGrath (Elinor) of Battle Mountain, Nevada; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside services were held 11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 26th, at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip, with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating. A public lunch followed at the Senior Citizens Center at noon.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial, in memory of Julie, has been established to benefit the Bad River Senior Citizens Center in Philip, P.O. Box 636, Philip, SD 57567.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com


Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 11:30 a.m.

Masonic Cemetery

Philip, South Dakota


Pastor Kathy Chesney


Dorothy's Grandchildren

Steven Dorothy - Todd Dorothy

Ross Dorothy - Alison Weber

Jacilyn Holm - Shaun Dorothy - Matthew Dorothy


Dorothy's Great-Grandchildren

Colin Dorothy - Erin Dorothy

Landon Weber - Preston Weber

Chase Holm - Graham Alexander

Savannah Dorothy