Diane Elizabeth Clancy Dorley

February 23, 1951June 14, 2012

Diane E. (Clancy) Dorley, 61 of Lima passed away surrounded by her family at 5:44 a.m. Thursday morning, June 14, 2012 at St. Rita’s Medical Center. She was born on February 23, 1951 in Lima to Robert W. & Betty R. (Murphy) Clancy who preceded her in death. On November 21, 1970 she married Michael P. Dorley and he survives in Lima. Diane was the cafeteria manager for St. Charles Elementary School cafeteria for 25 years. She was a 1969 graduate of Lima Central Catholic High School , a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, a member of the Relay for Life ‘I’m Special’ team , Susan B. Komen Foundation, and a member of Habitat for Humanity. She loved life, adored her husband, her children and her grandchildren; and loved working in her garden. Mrs. Dorley is survived by her children, Dan M. Dorley , Angie M. (Marc) Bowker , Doug A. Dorley all of Lima, and Mike C. Dorley of Dayton, Ohio. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Conner, Ethan and Kevin Bowker, and many nieces and nephews. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by a sister, Colleen Campbell. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m., Monday, June18, 2012, at St. Charles Catholic Church with Father Dave Ross as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Gethsemani Cemetery. Family and friends may call on Saturday 4-8 p.m. and Sunday 1-3 and 5-8 p.m. at Siferd-Orians Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, to Lima Central Catholic High School or to St. Charles Elementary School. Condolences can be made at


  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, June 18, 2012
  • Calling Hours Saturday, June 16, 2012
  • Calling Hours Sunday, June 17, 2012

Diane Elizabeth Clancy Dorley

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Sarah Scanlan

July 13, 2012

A countless number of my strongest and favorite memories from my childhood happened at my Aunt Diane and Uncle Mike's house. I loved the feeling after a 10 or 12 hour car ride of walking in through that garage door into a warm kitchen and an even warmer hug from Aunt Diane. I am so happy I will get to hug her again one day! I will never forget her strength, courage, and kindness for the rest of my life.

John Baldwin

July 12, 2012

When I think of Aunt Diane Perserverence is the word that comes to mind. Never a quitter but always a winner. She was such a prayer warrior for me and so many others. She welcomed my family into her home every summer, despite the chaos that ensued. My fondest memory of Aunt Diane was having the honor to be her teammate at the most recent cornhole tournament. Despite needing a walker to lean on during every toss, She led us to victory! It is something I will never ever forget! You will be missed but never forgotten Aunt Diane!!! See you when I get there!

Elizabeth Baldwin

July 12, 2012

I am so glad I had the privilege of getting to know Aunt Diane these past four years. She accepted me into the family and treated me just like she would her other nieces! She was such a strong and Godly woman. She touched so many lives and truly will be missed. I can definitely say I was blessed to have her in my life!

Rebekah Baldwin

July 12, 2012

We were all so blessed by Aunt Diane and her incredible care and hospitality. She was a great example of a person who showed her love not only with words but actions. I always admired her tenacity, courage and strength, and hope that I'm half the woman she was one day. You will be missed, but it's so comforting to know that I'll get to see you again one day.

Sheila Baldwin

July 12, 2012

This message was one I posted on our family Facebook page several months ago and expresses my great love and admiration for Diane.

"I was reading Romans 5 this morning and Mike and Diane came to my mind. Diane has suffered more than most. She and Mike have prayed for health as we have all done. I have noticed that they always end their prayers with the attitude of Christ, "not my will but yours be done."
Romans 5 encourages us "more than that, we rejoice in our suffering, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us; because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which had been given to us."
This principal is seen in a tangible way in both Mike and Diane's life. They are not bitter or full of self pity.
Diane has consistently been outward in her view of life taking a sincere interest in others. You can see the impact that she has made if you ever get a chance to be around people who she has met over her years at the cafeteria. How many kids were cheered up during the middle of their day by her smile or encouragement and volunteers who would come back to work because she made it fun and they wanted to be around her.
Even now, while she is recovering from her latest treatments, every time I call,she always asks me how I am doing and then wants to know about the rest of us.
I say all this to point out that because she and Mike have had an unselfish attitude, praying for God's will, when the suffering comes (and it comes to everyone) God can use it to produce endurance, character, and hope, and hope will not disappoint. They are a great example to me and all of us. Diane is certainly a woman of endurance, character and hope."

I discovered hundreds of others in Lima felt the same way I do about Diane by the overwhelming number of people who lined up to share their thoughts and sorrow with Mike and the kids. Such a tribute to a wonderful beautiful life. Well done good and faithful servant. I miss you.

Emily Baldwin

July 12, 2012

On June 14, 2012 the world lost an incredible woman. Aunt Diane had a passion for life like few I've ever known. She lived each day as if it could be her last because she knew how precious each day was. When she was diagnosed with cancer 22 years ago, doctors told her she had only months to live. For many, that would be a cue to start saying goodbyes, but for her and uncle Mike that meant finding a new doctor and hunkering down for the fight of (and for) her life.

For 22 years I have watched her face and beat cancer, relapse and face and beat it again. Despite the strain on her body, she continued to work and care for those around her as if she weren't the one receiving chemo treatments and radiation. She lost a lot throughout her fight, but not her spirit or will to live. She and uncle Mike continued to travel, to see the world and to see those friends and family who love them both so dearly near and far.

Even before she was ever sick, Diane was the matriarch of our huge extended Dorley family. The Dorleys were lucky that uncle Mike met her in 8th grade, that they were high school sweethearts, married a year out of high school and have been a shining example of what “for better or worse, in sickness and in health” means. Their home has been the central location for nearly every family gathering we've had (at least one a year), and I always feel like I'm coming home when I walk through that door, the scent of Moonlight Path and fresh laundry encompassing me.

Aunt Diane was a giver. She gave her time, her love, her attention, her talents and her assistance to everyone she encountered. She was caretaker for her sister, father and mother, all of whom she outlived. She was a faithful wife, a devoted mother to four, a proud and doting grandmother to three, a loyal sister and aunt to many. She loved to garden, and her lawn is a beautiful oasis, a reminder of her labor of love. Her smile was always full and bright, her laugh unique and identifiable in any room. When I picture her, it is usually with a camera around her neck: always eager to document our special times together.

She was all of these things and so much more, but one of her qualities I most admire and respect is her steadfast faith in a loving and omnipotent God. If anyone had reason to doubt, to question why or to rail against the hand she had been dealt, it was Diane. But I never once saw that from her. I saw a strong woman - a woman of faith - who proclaimed, “Thy will be done” with every breath of her being. What an amazing testimony she is for everyone who knew her.

I spent many hours, with family, friends and alone, praying for healing for aunt Diane. I remember as a child that prayer above all others resounding through our nightly prayer time as a family. Some might try to say that our prayers were not answered; after all, cancer was what took her in the end, but I say no. Our prayers were answered. We were graciously allowed two decades more to make precious memories, to spend quality time, to learn how to be strong, faith-full individuals by her example. God took her in the end, not cancer. I was lucky enough to know her for 30 years. Diane Dorley left an indelible mark on my life and for that I will be forever grateful.

Rachel Baldwin

July 11, 2012

I am so thankful to have had Aunt Diane in my life for as long as I did. She showed me what it is like to be strong, courageous, loving, and compassionate woman of God; I strive to live my life the way she lived hers. Some people aren't lucky enough to witness a miracle in their life, but those of us who knew Aunt Diane got to encounter so many of them. I think God just knew how much the rest of us needed her. I will miss you so much Aunt Diane. I love you!

Dorothy Plezia Missler

June 26, 2012

Mike and family,
Jim and I were sad to hear about Diane's passing. We have you and your family in our prayers. She always had this great smile on her face and a zest for life. Dorothy & Jim Missler

T.J. Youngpeter

June 25, 2012

Mike & Family ~~~ Did not learn of Diane' passing till I read the St. Charles bulletin today.

Am so sorry for the loss of your Soul Mate & Life Partner Mike. You two really did feed off of each other. She was so very special & so full of joy & she let that light out to everyone she would meet. Am glad that I was able to reconnect with you two on my return to Lima. So enjoyed whenever we would meet and catch up on everything that was going on. You & the family are all in my thoughts & prayers. If you need help with anything Mike - Just let me know. With Sympathy in this time of mourning >>> T.J. Youngpeter

Leigh Ellen Baldwin

June 21, 2012

When I read Proverb 31: 25-31, I think of Aunt Diane and what an amazing woman she was. She is such an inspiration and I will miss her so much!