Dorothy M. Moorehead


PAW PAW - Dorothy Mae (Jones) Moorehead, 89, of Paw Paw died peacefully June 29, 2021 at Anam Memory Care, Rockford with her daughter, Becky Provi and son, Doug Moorehead by her side, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, July 11 at Paw Paw United Methodist Church. Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday with interment at Wyoming Cemetery, followed by a time of fellowship at the church. Arrangements are being handled by the Torman Funeral Home, Paw Paw.

Dorothy, a lifelong Paw Paw resident, was a farmer’s daughter born July 15, 1931 to Clyde E. and Beatrice E. (Marlow) Jones. She married the love of her life, Roger Moorehead on April 22, 1950. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include her children, Kevin of Ukiah, Calif., Becky (Thorvalson) Provi of Rockford, Dan of West Brooklyn, and Doug of Earlville; one brother, Clyde Everett Jones of Woodstown, N.J.; one sister, Wanda Sue (Roger) Baker of Eugene, Ore.; and numerous grandchildren, great-children, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons, Michael and David; a great-grandson, Anthony Browder; three sons-in-law, Dick Provi, Steve Thorvalson, and Don Gilreath; and three brothers, Paul, Bill and Joe Jones.

Dorothy attended Paw Paw Public Schools. After she and Roger married, they purchased a piece of land and a lean-to building which they turned into a one-room, plus kitchen and bathroom home, in which to raise their family. Over the years they turned this property into her pride and joy - a five-bedroom, two-bathroom home on three acres where they raised five sons, a daughter, granddaughter and grandson. They remained there until Roger’s death in 2012 and her subsequent move to Anam Memory Care in 2013. Dorothy’s first priority was her family. She was a devoted wife to Roger and a stay-at-home mom who was very involved in her children’s activities. She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, crafting and bird watching (she knew the names of every bird on their property). She was also very involved at Paw Paw United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir and provided many pies for the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Supper. She was also head chef for Paw Paw Public Schools for several years. She loved being connected to all of her children’s friends, who often referred to her as “Mom” or “Ma.”

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Paw Paw United Methodist Church or an Alzheimer’s organization of the donor’s choice.

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