Dorothea Ward


A longtime resident of Sidney and Bainbridge, Dorothea Ward, 79, passed away peacefully Oct. 29, 2022 in the gracious and compassionate care of staff at Chestnut Park in Oneonta. Dorothea was the daughter of Aaron D. Gill and Anna M. Gill of Sidney.

Dorothea is survived by her four devoted children, Edward Dotey Jr. and wife Linda of Sidney Center, Anna Dotey of Sidney, Penny Decker of Franklin, and David Dotey and wife Loretta of Delancey. 

Dorothea is also survived by her loving grandchildren, Misty Fields of Sidney Center, Rachel Dotey of Albany, Ashley (Dakota) VanValkenburgh of Unadilla, Sarah Dotey of Sidney Center, Kimberly Decker of Bainbridge, Courtney Condon of Walton, David Dotey Jr. of DeLancey, Aaron Fields, Andrew Houck, April Houck and Bryan Withers, along with several nieces and nephews. 

Dorothea was predeceased by her parents Aaron and Anna Gill; all of her siblings, Aaron Gill Jr., Leana R., Anna M., Edna J., and Elmer C.; her beloved daughter Sally M. Houck, and her husbands Edward Dotey Sr., Clayton Tyler and Loren Ward.

Dorothea had many wonderful friends from the Sidney and Bainbridge areas, many of whom nicknamed her “Red.” She worked at American Plastics before going to ACCO (formerly Keith Clark/Mead) of Sidney, where she retired after over 28 years. If you knew Dorothea (Dot), you knew she loved her family, playing Bingo, crossword puzzles, and lawn-sales, but boy did she love to cook. She enjoyed family dinners and always made enough for leftovers. One of her most favorite pastimes was going for car rides with her son Ed, and finding lawn-sales with Anna Mae.

Our mother and grandmother will forever be missed and in our hearts; we will cherish all she brought to this world and the love she gave. She was a woman that did not believe in the word “quit.” 

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Sidney.

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In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Dorothea’s name to the Sidney Center Ladies Auxiliary, PO Box 190, Sidney Center, NY 13839. 

Arrangements by C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.