Behm Funeral Homes, Inc.

1477 Jefferson Rd, Jefferson, PA


Bethany Maria Dorean

July 13, 1986February 6, 2020
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Bethany Maria Dorean was born at home in Jefferson, PA on July 13, 1986. In her early hours and days it was determined that it was not likely that she would live six weeks. She died in an instant at home in Norman, OK, Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the age of thirty-three. Most lives are measured by jobs performed, titles attained, work accomplished, or degrees earned. By those standards, Beth’s life was pretty insignificant. She did graduate from Jefferson-Morgan High School at the age of 21. Her only title was Usher at the Jefferson Baptist Church where she was baptized and an every week presence. Her work consisted of folding the family wash cloths and putting a panful of roasted almonds in a glass jar - one at a time. But her life will be measured not by any of those things but by the hundreds of lives - maybe thousands - that she touched. And most of those lives will never be the same for having touched hers. Her joy in life was indefatigable in spite of the myriad of challenges both physical and mental that she faced from birth to death. Set free at an early age from her dependence on others for mobility by the first of several power wheelchairs, she zoomed through our lives with a precision and a passion perhaps unmatched by any with two strong legs. Among her greatest joys were welcoming new babies into this world and in helping folks at the other end of life out of this world into the glory of heaven. She had plenty of experience at both as she regularly accompanied her dad in his pastoral ministry. A fierce competitor like her parents and three devoted sisters, her victories in the nightly family bed race, the Jefferson Classic one mile Kid’s Fun Run (the wheelchair division in which she was the only participant) and endless races to the car across parking lots throughout the country gave her a remarkable sense of joy - though it was more the being able to participate than actually winning that mattered most. That same drive served her well in her countless struggles just to survive and her daily challenges to remain cheerful amidst the pain and boredom that she faced. Bethany loved people - rich or poor (she once took a homeless man by the hand and led him to a seat in worship when he entered her church), young or old, “normal” or specially challenged. She loved talking on the phone anytime, anywhere but especially with several men with whom she chatted every day, every week, asking the same questions of them over and over and over again. She loved to shop - not because she ever bought much of anything (except little note pads or magazines or Bibles of which her family now has quite a pile) - but because it meant time one on one with someone she loved and a change of scenery. Perhaps most of all she loved going to church where she was surrounded by people she loved and who loved her, where she could sing songs she knew well that filled up her spirit, where she could greet any and all who walked in the door. It took a book to even begin to describe the countless stories of her life, the joys and the struggles that were both almost routine occurrences. Sometimes cranky, always vulnerable, never prideful, she looked forward to her next doctor’s or dentist’s appointment, her next phone call, her next time to go to church, her next time to take a walk with a special friend - because it meant another chance to touch a life she loved. Bethany is the grand-daughter of the late John and Barbara Posey of Bryn Athyn, PA and the late Bennett and Jeanne Rich of Waynesburg, PA. She is survived by her parents, John and Merry Dorean of Norman Oklahoma, three sisters and brothers-in-law, Emily and Matt Bonner of Norman OK, Ryan Hobert and Carrie Dorean of Washington, D.C. and Craig and Hannah Otteni of Buena Vista, CO, ten nieces and nephews, Asa, Phineas, Samara, Ilo and Renne Bonner, Adelaide and Elsa Hobert, and Clara, Miles and Jane Otteni, and a huge extended family all of whom rejoice that she is now free of the limitations of this physical body and at play with Jesus in the fields of the Kingdom. A memorial service honoring the life of Bethany and celebrating the resurrection will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. (doors open at 2:00 p.m.) in the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Company, 1483 Jefferson Rd., Jefferson, PA 15344, with the Rev. William Sukolsky officiating. Following the memorial service a meal will be served at the fire hall and the family will greet people at that time.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 15, 2020


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Michelle Rudolf

February 22, 2020

Bethany was always a smiling face around town. I enjoyed seeing her at college or church performances and other gatherings. I think she preferred to talk to the boys at the party but it was ok to be upstaged by her cheerful, loving, and friendly personality! She was well loved and will be greatly missed.

Brittany Nelson

February 18, 2020

Bethany was such a sweet young lady and a very big inspiration to me as a kid. She was a wonderful childhood friend that I had the pleasure of knowing and becoming friends with. as I would stay with my grandparents Pete and rose arigoni and attend church on sundays I loved seeing Bethany every morning with a big smile on her face❤️ You left a remarkable impact on my life and I will miss you Rest In Peace Bethany.

Theresa Wigington Bowen

February 16, 2020

Dear Doreen Family,
I first learned of Bethany from my cousin Linda Wigington, who sent me an autographed copy of “Our Girl”. As the parents of a 19 yr old w Down Syndrome, we could share your hearts in the unique and special gift entrusted to you in Bethany. I know you have been through much that many are not asked to go through... thank you for sharing your story. Know that it is reaching others outside your immediate sphere. As the son of a family friend wisely said at his severely handicapped brother’s Memorial awhile back, “Our lives will be easier.. but not necessarily better”... May the Lord comfort your hearts as only He can. With appreciation for you, walking on ahead of us, and leaving an example of unconditional love and service. ❤️
Theresa Wigington Bowen, South Carolina

donald wilson

February 15, 2020

Sorry we are unable to attend the Service for Beth today. We do want to extend to you our heartfelt sympathy. So many times and in so many ways, Beth touched so many lives - including ours. Her winsome smile and pleasant laughter will long be remembered. Our best to the entire family.
In Christian love,
Don and Debbie Wilson

Erin Gump

February 14, 2020

I met Bethany at Daughters of Grace , I will always remember her coming up to me with the biggest smile on her face and she would always ask how I was doing and when we might meet for lunch ... She would then say I'll have Tammy call you and how about Tuesday...I took for granted that I might get to hear that again but now it will be a good memories till we meet again some day...

Luke Payson

February 13, 2020

Many prayers for blessings for Bethany's family. I was blessed to get to know Bethany during her many trips to Waynesburg University campus for events and activities. She was such a loving and kind person. I will cherish her hugs and her constant friendliness always. May we all see strangers and friends alike the way Bethany did.
Most importantly Bethany's strong faith and love for the Lord quite literally shone out of her.

Tammy Roberts

February 13, 2020

Bethany truly was blessing to work with. Her hugs were the best. I will always remember doing crafts in her room and listening to music. She always would say put on your guy. She was talking about Alan Jackson "Amazing Grace". She knew every word and would sing while painting, coloring, or building a puzzle. So blessed to get to work with her for almost 7 years.

Vi Hartman

February 13, 2020

I remember how she loved music! She used to love coming to Daughters Of Grace rehearsals, and we considered her every bit as much a member as her mom, Merry. She is front and center in a large group photo of the "DOGs" hanging above my piano. I never knew anyone so consistently happy! She is rejoicing for sure!

Sarah Shaffer

February 13, 2020

Beth was a light to everyone who met her. I will remember her with many find memories of VBS.

Adelaide Hobert

February 13, 2020

Dear Grandma and Grandpa,
Beth was such a wonderful Aunt and I miss her so much! I remember when we used to come to Jefferson, and we would visit Jefferson Baptist. I recall Beth standing at the front of the church, welcoming anyone and everyone who walked through the door. She would give them a hug or start an elaborate conversation on the plans for that person's evening. I will always remember all the lives she changed through the beautiful heart God gave her.
Much love,