Dorothy Gregory, age 92, of the Christian Park Village in Escanaba (formerly of Gladstone) died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sunday afternoon October 9, 2011 at the Christian Park Village.
Dorothy was born August 12, 1919 in Gladstone the daughter of Paul and Lucy (Balenger) Zimmel. Dorothy was united in marriage to Tony Gregory on September 10, 1938 and they made their home in Gladstone.
Dorothy worked for many years as a Nurses Aide for St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. She took great pride in her duties while helping patients. Dorothy was an active member of All Saints Church. She was also a member of the Lady Foresters, Michigan Home Extension and the Delta Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
Dorothy never had children of her own but she was a mother-like figure to many. She had a great devotion to the Blessed Mother and she enjoyed her Pilgrimage to Medjugorje.
Survivors include many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Tony, on August 29, 1989, four sisters, Ida Thennes, Irene Rabitoy, Marquerite Sidbeck, Bernice Reno and brother, Ira Zimmel.
Aunt Dot was a loving presence in our family. I will always remember her as a caring a spiritual person. Her devotion to family, church, and prayer were such wonderful examples for all who knew her. May she rest in peace and enjoy the rewards of heaven that she so looked forward to in this life.xo
I came to know “Aunt Dot” Gregory from sharing holiday meals with her. She was a loving and very classy lady. Her love for her family and their love for her, was very evident. She loved children and was amused by them. I watched one Thanksgiving as she enjoyed Ava playing with Jo a tiny poodle til they both were exhausted. Rest in peace Aunt Dot.
South Lyon MI
Aunt Dot was a wonderful, caring person. As a child, I spent many days and weeks with her. She would read to me for hours. Her patience and kindness was certainly a great example in every way. Words cannot express how she inspired me and touched my life. Though not in person, but in spirit she will always be with me.
Iris (Zimmel) Maki
Dot Gregory was my husband’s Aunt, but when I married and moved to Gladstone almost sixty three years ago, she became my Aunt. She was there whenever I needed her, whether it was to help me paint a room, rock a sick baby or just to share a laugh. That is how she lived her life, lending a hand or a prayer wherever and whenever needed.
So sorry for the loss of Dorothy. She was an aide when I was a charge RN at the old St. Francis Hospital and was such a caring person to the patients. I knew the patients were in good hands when Dorothy was taking care of them. I often saw her at All Saints Church as well. Know she will be missed by all.