Covell Funeral Home

232 East State Street, Traverse City, MI


Dorothy Thelma Greenman

October 3, 1912July 3, 2019

Dorothy Greenman, age 106, of Monett, MO, passed from this life to her heavenly home on Wednesday morning, July 3, 2019, while at Oak Pointe in Monett, following a brief illness.

Dorothy Thelma (Metazgar) Greenman was born on October 3, 1912 in Fife Lake, Michigan. She married Earl Greenman and they had four children, Charles, James, Earl Jr. and Ethelwyn.

Dorothy was born in interesting and difficult times. Dorothy and her two sisters, Leota and Lena were placed in an orphanage at a young age. Dorothy was adopted by an elderly couple, the Harrington’s. Like all people who met Dorothy, they immediately feel in love with her and they adopted her. They owned a farm and that is where she met her future husband Earl. Earl worked on a family farm nearby.

They married and lived on the Harrington property and cared for the elderly couple until their death. The farm was left to Dorothy and Earl. They later sold the farm and moved to Lansing Michigan.

Dorothy saw many historical events. She lived through the Great Depression, through World War II, where she worked in an ammunition factory and the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. She moved to Missouri to be closer to her daughter Winnie. She lived in Missouri the rest of her life.

She spent her time in Missouri helping to raise her grandchildren and attending all those events that grandparents love to go to. Christmas concerts, sports events, graduations and countless holidays and birthdays. She lived many years with a long-time roommate, Amy Strahl. They were known to go out occasional and “tear up the town,” dancing the night away.

Dorothy loved to do crossword puzzles, cheating occasionally by looking at the answers, and doing jigsaw puzzles. She would never turn down a trip to the casino or a scratch off lottery ticket. She was always lucky, once winning $5,000 on a scratch off ticket.

Dorothy leaves behind a trail of descendants that will carry on her legacy for centuries to come. She had 19 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren, 28 great-great grandchildren and 4 great, great, great grandchildren. She had special relationships with all of them.

Dorothy lived with her daughter Winnie and son-in-law Stewart for many years. She moved into the Oak Pointe Community a couple of years ago and loved living there. Like everyone who meets Dorothy, she was immediately loved by the residents and staff. Dorothy died peacefully at the young age of 106 with many of her loved ones by her side.

Dorothy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 10th from 10:00 a.m until Noon at the Covell Funeral Home, with a graveside service to follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery in East Jordan at 1:30 p.m.


  • Visitation Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, July 10, 2019


Dorothy Thelma Greenman

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julie abramovitz

July 10, 2019

i so enjoyed working at the black kettle with dot & amy
they were such a hoot
she lived a long and fulfilling life
resting in peace now with amy again
thoughts are with her family

Diana Vittetoe

July 10, 2019

I will cherish the memories spent will gramma. She is a beautiful and lovely lady. I loved her dearly and will miss her but I know we will meet again and share some chocolate 💕

Earl "Chum" Greenman

July 10, 2019

I am Dorothy's youngest son, Known to my family as "Chum". Because I took ill, in Monett, MO, I was unable to make it to the Traverse City services. I want to thank all my family up north in Pen's and Jim's family that helped me celebrate my mothers life when I was unable to make the trip.
I was blessed to have two wonderful loves in my life. My wife Berny, who left me in 2014 and now my mother, both of whom was loved by everyone who met them.