Dorothy's Story

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Dorothy Ann McDowell Crace, 83, of Ashland, passed away March 3, 2017, after being diagnosed with Mesothelioma in September.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Carl E. Crace.
Dorothy was the daughter of Harvey J. and Thelma (Wright) McDowell. Her siblings include Betty (Boots) Wright of Catlettsburg, Frankie-(deceased) (Buddy) Scott of Mobile, Ala. and Jim (Maggie) McDowell of Lexington.
Professionally Dorothy and her husband worked side by side as owners of Carl's Style Room Salon in Ashland for more than 38 years until their retirement. Carl after serving with the U.S. Navy returned and informed Dorothy that he wanted to attend Cosmetology School in Louisville and New York then open a salon as one of the first male owner/operators in the state. Knowing little of this field, she accepted this new adventure with her full support.
She was never satisfied with the status quo, her creative mind and energetic spirit drove every aspect of her life. She was a natural leader and accepted any challenge tossed her way. Throughout the years, she belonged to and worked with many organizations and had multiple positions in her community and church volunteer work. She was a member of Oakland Avenue Baptist Church for 71 years and served in their choir 68 of those years. At the age of 13 she realized she could sing and had a beautiful lead soprano voice which she used in her church and community choirs until her illness this year. She also taught herself to play the piano as a teenager and was an avid painter of landscapes and portraits.
Throughout the years she taught many Sunday School and Bible School classes, worked in all areas of children's ministry, was an active deacon's wife, served on hospitality and decorating Committees as well as many other ministerial and mission teams.
She was a leading volunteer with the Greenup County Association and the Kentucky Baptist Convention working on the KBC Mission Board and KBC Foundation as well as being the Regional Representative for Sunrise Children's Services. She was passionate about women's ministries and The Woman's Missionary Union was one of her favorites.
She was an active volunteer with King's Daughters & Sons Medical Center, King's Daughters & Sons Home and served on several other hospital boards.
Loving the arts, she volunteered with the Paramount Arts Center for many years. She was also a life member of the PTA and a former Boy Scout Leader. Her creative abilities were expressed as she created and decorated venues for many weddings, anniversaries, celebrations and the yearly Catlettsburg High School Reunion.
Her family would like to express their thanks to all those that cared for and visited her during her illness. Many spent hours sitting by her side, reminiscing their past times together and just holding her hand.
Dorothy lived a very full and active life and serving Jesus Christ was her greatest purpose.
She is survived by her three children, Carla Crace Dixon (Michael-deceased) of Louisville, Stephen E. Crace (Cathy) of Cannonsburg and Jason L. Crace (Christina) of Harrodsburg; she will be greatly missed by her nine grandchildren, Brianna Dixon, Robby Steele, Timothy Crace, Alexandria Dixon Casabella (Clint), Jessica Steele Goodwin (Brook), Wesley Steele, Delanie Crace, Carlie Crace, Carver Crace and her five great-grandchildren Sawyer, Jameson and Caris Casabella and Charley and Evie Goodwin; and will be lovingly remembered by her extended family of many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2017, in the sanctuary of Oakland Avenue Baptist Church, 3265 Oakland Ave. in Catlettsburg. Children's nursery will be provided.,
Friends may call after 2 p.m. Friday at the church.
Kilgore & Collier Funeral Home in Catlettsburg is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, Dorothy has requested that donations be made to Sunrise Children's Services, 300 Hope St., Mt. Washington, KY 40047; The Gideon's Internationa, 115 E. Madison St., Louisa, KY 41230 or Hospice of Ashland - 1480 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY 41101 or by calling 606-329-1890.
Condolances may be left at: kilgorecollierfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 6, 2017
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