Dorothy Louise Raley

May 10, 1940April 5, 2019

Dorothy Louise Raley, 78, of El Dorado, AR passed away, April 5, 2019 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born May 10, 1940 to Vernon Preston Ward and Sarah Alice Wallace Ward in El Dorado, Arkansas. Dorothy was elected Union County Tax Collector in 1996, holding that position for 20 years, having worked in the department a total of 40 years. She loved caring for and providing for her family.

Preceding her in death are her parents, husband John Raley; son John Taylor, a brother-in-law Doyle Roberson and nephew Ken Roberson.

Survivors include her son Mark Taylor (Becky) of Simsboro, LA; daughter Susan Cragar (Em ) of Springhill, TN; sister Margaret Callihan (Jesse) of El Dorado; grandchildren Preston Cragar (Megan), Josh Cragar, Cori Richerson (Josh); great grandchildren Alice Cragar, Taylor Cragar and Case Taylor Richerson; great nephews Sam Roberson and Dylan Hayes and niece Alexis Roberson.

Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Monday, April 8, 2019 at Young’s.

Funeral service will be 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Young’s Chapel with Judge Mike Dumas officiating. Burial will follow at Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 10403, El Dorado, AR 71730.

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  • Josh Cragar
  • Preston Cragar
  • Josh Richerson
  • Sam Roberson
  • Dylan Hayes
  • Cody Ray


  • Visitation Monday, April 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 9, 2019
  • Interment Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Dorothy Louise Raley

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David Robinson

April 16, 2019

Mark, Susan and Margaret
So sorry to hear of Dorothy's passing. Great lady and great Union County servant. Had many visits with Dorothy and every visit included her pride in her children. Thoughts and prayers being lifted for all.



April 10, 2019

Margaret, I'm so sorry for your tremendous loss. Just know I'm thinking of you and praying for you.

Cindy Ruth

April 9, 2019

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Ms. Dorothy. Rudy and I loved her and Mr. John so much !!!! Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you thru this time of Sorrow.

Wynnelle Morgan

April 8, 2019

Margaret I am so sorry to hear about Dorothy one of the sweetest kindest person you could ever meet. I’m sorry I cannot come to the funeral. I have had shoulder surgery. I will be talking to you. My love to you all.

Rebekah Stephens

April 8, 2019

Margaret and family - I am so so sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing . She is and skeays be family. My favorite memories are all the reunions we had or get togethers at Mamaw and Papaw Ward (Myrtle and JD) house. I hate that we all lost touch but you all are always in my thoughts and prayers.
I wanted to come this evening to the viewing but my vehicle is having issues.

Love you all very much and always in my heart ❤️

henry kinslow

April 8, 2019

Thanks for decades of wonderful service. Enjoy your eternal reward.