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Olinger Hampden Mortuary & Cemetery

8600 East Hampden Ave, Denver, CO

OBITUARY

Dorothy D. Hail

October 5, 1923May 9, 2020
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Born Dorothy Marie Drach on October 5, 1923 in St. Louis, Missouri, and died on May 9, 2020 in Aurora, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, William J. Hail (“Bill”).

She grew up in St. Louis with parents William and Flora Drach and younger sister, Ruth.

Dorothy is survived by daughters Martha (John) and Carol, son Thomas (Gretchen), grandchildren Adam (Leigh), Anna, Jillian (Steven), Will, and Pate, and great-grandson Benjamin.

Dorothy graduated from Roosevelt High School in St. Louis, MO, with the class of 1941. She worked as a librarian at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; and at the Engineering Library of Washington University in St. Louis.

It was at the Engineering Library of Washington University that she was introduced to Geology graduate student and WWII veteran, Bill, by her boss and friend, Harriet Long. Bill and Dorothy married in November of 1951. They made their home in Denver, Colorado.

The first day in her new Denver home, Dorothy was able to have the dog she had wanted all her life. The couple brought Rover home from the Denver Dumb Friends League in a cardboard box that same day. Rover was the first of many beloved dogs (mostly pugs) that Dorothy and Bill had during their lives. She was involved in PTA and activities at Trinity Lutheran Church in Denver, CO. She enjoyed the art of ceramics with her friends, and all the friendly banter. All of her ceramic pieces are still with her family and treasured for their memories.

Spending time with her grandkids was one of Dorothy's favorite things to do. Whether attending sporting, dance, music and other events, or stocking the pantry with sweets and chips, she was always there to root them on and provide much needed fuel to keep the fun going.

Dorothy loved the gatherings of friends and family that she hosted for supper clubs, birthdays, holidays and any other spur of the moment reason. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens, and spent countless days enjoying her yard from her patio swing.

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Gail Farrell

May 26, 2020

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers as we remember your wonderful Mom, Dorothy. She was an amazing person and I will always remember talking with her at Carol's annual Christmas cookie party. She always had a smile to give, a sparkle in her eyes, and was truly interested and interesting.

She will be deeply missed but the caring and joy she brought her family and friends will last forever.

With Love, Gail and James Farrell

Carol Hail

May 19, 2020

Bill & Dorothy - A Happy Union of 67 Years

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