OBITUARY

Dorothy A. Tripp

June 10, 1934March 24, 2019
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Dorothy Anne (Betterly) Tripp joyfully lived for 84 years, passing peacefully on Sunday, March 24, 2019, living almost a year with multiple myeloma. Dorothy was born on June 10, 1934 in Huntington, Indiana to the late Glenn and Lillian (Latsch) Betterly. At only 5 weeks old she moved with her family to Ontario, Canada, where she grew up. Dorothy lived her first 6 years in Stevensville and then moved to North Bruce where she lived until attending Huntington College, back in the town where she was born. Dorothy fondly recalled growing up near the shores of Lake Huron and weathering some mighty snow storms. Just last week she shared a new story with the family about a “storm stay” where her family spent the night with another family, unable to safely return home from school through the storm. While at Huntington College Dorothy Betterly met her future husband, Herb Tripp, who survives. After Dorothy graduated in 1957, she taught 1st grade in Rockford, Illinois for a year before she and Herb married in June 1958; they celebrated 60 years of marriage last summer. Dorothy was a natural teacher, who genuinely loved and cared about her students and the art of teaching. She taught for a total of 29 years, retiring in 1998 after teaching second grade at Ossian Elementary for 25 years. Dorothy deeply loved her family, sons, Duane of Shelbyville, Indiana and Alan of Madison, Wisconsin, considering Alan’s spouse, Mona Jean Harley, a daughter. Dorothy delighted in being Grandma D to Annika and Eli. Dorothy loved her siblings, Don (Barbara) Betterly of Huntington, Indiana and Sheldon (Peggy) Betterly of Nokesville, Virginia. Dorothy is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews with whom she loved to stay in contact. Dorothy was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Shirley (Emmett) Cox. Dorothy was a very active member of Lincolnshire Church of the Brethren, where she enjoyed Monday Bible Study and giving hugs on Sundays to friends and those in need of a hug. Dorothy made beautiful greeting cards that she loved to personalize for friends and family, including a loving or encouraging note. Little children, singing birds, sunshine, beautiful skies, and putting her feet in Lake Huron, were some of the simple things that brought joy to Dorothy. Visitation with family will be on Friday, March 29, 2019 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Lincolnshire Church of Brethren, 6404 South Calhoun Street, Ft. Wayne, Indiana (46807). A memorial service will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a reception following with refreshments for all to enjoy. Preferred memorials to Lincolnshire Church of the Brethren. Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, Ossian is handling the arrangements.

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Friday, March 29, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, March 29, 2019
REMEMBERING

Dorothy A. Tripp

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Peggy Smith (Hoffman)

March 27, 2019


I had the privilege of having Dorothy as my second grade teacher. Many years later, we were neighbors for five years. I always made sure she and Herb had access to our basement; just in case a tornado came knocking at our doors. She was a very thoughtful and special lady!! Our condolences to Herb and the family. Bill and Peggy Smith.

Marialyn Bazile

March 27, 2019

One of the folks I most looked forward to seeing on a Sunday morning at Lincolnshire, was Dorothy. She was always so warm and friendly. Dorothy and I both sang alto, so when sitting near each other, one or the other of us would switch to tenor so as not to be singing the same part! Dorothy was a strong support and encouragement to me in my work in Haiti. The impact she and her husband made on the lives there will be felt for years to come. I will miss her heart-felt notes of encouragement that she still continued to send me through the mail, even though we rarely ever saw each other. I'm so thankful to have known her!

Roy & Sharon Billington

March 26, 2019

Was so sorry to hear about Dorothy, we worked at Ossian School with her for years... she was a wonderful teacher ,and a great lady who will be sadly missed... please know your in our thoughts, many prayers sent your way..🙏🏻🙏🏻

Dan Easley

March 26, 2019

Both Dorothy and Herb made a big impact on my life as my teachers. The positive impact on the children they taught will live on for generations. A life well lived!!

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