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Dr. Dorothy "Dotty" (Shepherd) Heady

December 17, 1946March 24, 2021
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Dr. Dorothy "Dotty" (Shepherd) Heady, 74, of LaGrange, Kentucky passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

She was born to the late Malcolm Reece and Virginia Heady Shepherd on December 17, 1946 in LaGrange, Kentucky.

Dotty had an immense love for education; she was a member of the Oldham County High School class of 1964 and was awarded a Physics Scholarship to Western Kentucky University at the age of 14. She graduated from Kentucky School of Mortuary Science in 1966 where she received her Funeral Director and Embalmers certifications. Dotty later went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Sullivan University, two Masters degrees from Webster University in Management and Marketing and a Doctorate from Spalding University in Education Leadership. She worked for Strayer University and Sullivan University from 1995 to current as a Professor; leading and participating in many additional programs and committees over the years.

She worked as a model in her early years for Alex-Adams Modeling Agency; serving as the top hand model for GE. Dotty had an amazing work ethic; serving in many roles over the years at Arch L Heady & Sons Funeral Homes and Leslie-JoAnn Florist in the Highlands. She was an avid entrepreneur; developing business in many fields over many years that took her all over the world.

Dotty was a talented quilter; presenting quilts to such places as the Muhammad Ali Museum, Governor's Mansions, Universities and many Celebrities. She enjoyed needle point, working with beads and even made her own authentic Native American dresses, moccasins, dolls and jewelry.

Dotty was affectionately known as "Dr. Dot" to the members of the LaGrange and Oldham County communities she spent her entire life in; involved in many organizations over the years; but in a 2002 article from Today's Woman she specifically said the LaGrange Public Library changed her life, opening up the world to her. In the same article Dotty shared; "The journey is the important thing, not the end. The people you meet and the things you create are what are important."

She is preceded in death by her son; Chase Manion Ripperdan, and brother; John Malcolm Shepherd.

Left to cherish the memory of Dotty are her sons; Arch "Lee" Heady IV (Heidi), Chris Lee Heady (Molly) and Adam Scott Ripperdan (Sarah), 15 grandchildren; Arch L "Quint" Heady V (Sammie), Connor Joseph Heady (Emily), Julia Grace Sturzebecher (Riley), Anne Marie "Annie" Christian Alexander, Ethan Michael, Brendan Christopher Heady, Zachary Kevin, Nicole Lynn, Amelia Dot, Kara Anne, Darren John, Danielle Rose, Zoey Grace and Lily Jane Ripperdan, great-grandson; Beckett Heady, nephew; Erikk Shepherd, extended family, friends and the Oldham County Community.

A celebration of Dotty's life will be held at Heady-Radcliffe Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 706 W Jefferson St, LaGrange, KY 40031, on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 1pm with visitation on Friday from 2-8pm and Saturday from 10am until the start of the service at the funeral home.

Please leave your online condolences for the family and your cherished memories of Dotty at www.heady-radcliffefuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

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Dr. Dorothy "Dotty" (Shepherd) Heady

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Bobbie (Quinn) Conroy

April 13, 2021

So sorry to hear about Dottie. I was a friend back in high school. We had a great class ('64) and had lots of good times. So sorry we lost contact after high school. Sounds like Dottie lead a happy and exciting life-- her way! She was very special.

Ruth Linn

April 9, 2021

My condolences to the family. Dotty was a powerhouse personality with laughter that brought everyone close to her closer. Her view of the world was open and caring and she shared that view with us. I will miss her as a friend and confidant.

Miriam Nay Tinnell

April 9, 2021

My heart is indeed sad to learn of Dotty's passing. My sincere sympathy to your family.
She was an extraordinary person who was blessed with many talents. I have fond memories of our high school years___ visiting in each other's homes, having classes and lunch together.
I pray that God will bless each of you with love, comfort, and peace.
Sincerely,
Miriam Nay Tinnell

Denise Moore

April 9, 2021


I miss her so much and love her so much. Miss Dotty was my first instructor at Strayer University. She was always concerned for all her students. She became the sister I never had. No matter what I was going through, she would lift me with words of encouragement and laughter. We are both Kentucky, born not far from each other. Never will she be forgotten.
Sincerely,
Denise Moore

Ray Schuhmann

April 9, 2021

As a commercial photographer for 35 years, I can say, hands down, Dottie was my all-time favorite model! She was always on time, prepared and a pleasure to work with! Clients loved the results and those that were in studio enjoyed working with her as well.

Interesting that she said the library changed her life... Kinetic donated all its photographic files to the U of L Library Photo Archives, so her images will be in a fond place forever!

Thanks for contributing to my success and so many others!

Janice Poston

April 7, 2021

Dotty was a very classy, intelligent, and kind lady. I met her while she was a student at Spalding. She worked with us in the library for a short time and did an outstanding job. So sorry for the loss of this lovely lady. Prayers for her family and friends.

Dr. Angie Shaughnessy

April 7, 2021

Dr. Dot was an amazing doctoral student at Spalding University. I often marveled at her tenacity and courage as she shared many stories of her challenging, but fulfilling, life. She remains a role model for so many. My sympathy and prayers to her sons, and the many who love her.

Zhaleh Hockersmith

April 5, 2021

Dotty was an amazing woman. I often told her that. She was the kindest person and had the biggest heart for everyone. I had lost touch with her for a while because life happens and recently reconnected with her for 2 short weeks. In those 2 weeks, she and I had so many talks and she got to know my kids and my husband. She had so much joy on her face when we would come around. My kids would hug her and she would kiss my youngest on the top of her head whenever we would leave. She became a big part of our lives. To go from seeing her and messaging often to nothing just like that, has left an emptiness and my youngest mentions her name just about everyday and says she misses her. She became a second grandma to her. She gave my girls each a necklace from her bead shop and they talk about her when they wear it. I will always be thankful for that time I got to spend with her.

Sherry Klein

April 3, 2021

I have known Dotty for over 50 years, she was always the same. It didn’t matter that we didn’t see each other often because when we did get together it was like we were never apart. I was lucky enough to work with her at Sullivan. Dotty was my mentor as she was to many others. Rest In Peace my friend.

Kim Moore

April 2, 2021

Dr. Dot was one of my favorite substitutes in the classes I taught at Oldham County High School. She could teach anything and everything. She loved all students and treated everyone with the highest of respect. I regularly wear earrings that she made for me a few Christmases ago. God bless Dr. Dot, her family, and her friends.🕊💖🎶

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