Dorothy M. Hodgkins

July 11, 1922June 8, 2018
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Dorothy May “Dottie” Hodgkins, 95, of Rockford, IL, passed away Friday, June 8, 2018 peacefully after a short illness. She was born July 11, 1922 in Chattanooga, TN, the daughter of Clark and Margarita Long. Dottie married the love of her life, Bill Hodgkins, in February of 1940. He preceded her in death in 2003. She worked as a supervisor of the Children’s department at Bergner’s for 30 years. Dottie was a member of the Rockford Christian Women’s Connection, where she participated in bible studies. She enjoyed making hats, shopping, and dancing with Bill at the Wagon Wheel. Dottie loved to travel, and made trips to Florida yearly. Dottie is loved and missed by her son, David (Marje) Hodgkins; granddaughter, Rebecca (Owen) Tierney; great-grandsons, Jack and Declan Tierney, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bill, grandson, Christopher Hodgkins, brothers, Clark, Jr., and Donald, and sisters, Margaret Ann, Charlotte, Joy and June. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road, Machesney Park, IL 61115. A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, June 11, 2018 at the funeral home. Entombment at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Memorials to OSF Hospice. To share a condolence, please visit


  • Clark Long, Father
  • Margarita Long, Mother
  • Bill Hodgkins, Husband
  • David (Marje) Hodgkins, Son
  • Rebecca (Owen) Tierney, Granddaughter
  • Christopher Hodgkins, Grandson
  • Jack Tierney, Great Grandson
  • Declan Tierney, Great Grandson
  • Dottie leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.


  • Visitation Monday, June 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Dorothy M. Hodgkins

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Sheriann Juaidi

August 19, 2018

I grew up living right next door to Dotty. She was an amazing women. I have so many great memories with her and Bill. Every August she would throw a grand birthday party in her gazebo for me and my brother and all the kids on the block with summer birthdays. I’ve had countless tea party’s and play dates with her. She would let me play in her victorian set up guest room. We kept in touch with cards and phone calls all these years. It breaks my heart to find out she is gone. When I was in school I had interviewed her for a project (I was about 7 or 8) and it ended up winning a ribbon. Dotty had asked to keep it which she did. I really have so many memories, I was lucky to visit Rockford again a few years back and meet with her again. My condolences to the family.

Judy Doyle Miller

June 9, 2018

Dear Hodgkins Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Dottie's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. She was a wonderful and caring person. My kids were very fond of her as she asked about them often.. I have lots of good memories of her and Bill that I will treasure.

Monique White

June 9, 2018

My sincerest regrets are with your family at this time. A tremendous loss I’m sure is being felt by your family. May your fondest memories as well as the memories that others shared with your dear Dottie bring you comfort now as well as the future. Another true source of comfort provided for us is one found at Isaiah 25:8, it is a promise that we can put full hope and confidence in, that hope is that God will eliminate death forever and wipe the tears from our faces. Soon the thing that brings us so much pain will not be able to affect us at all.