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01/06/2018 - Dorthy Hamaker Meradith

Funeral services for Dorthy Mable Hamaker Meradith, age 98, will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Hemingford, NE with Pastor Esther Achi and Tim Horn officiating.
 
Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery.
 
Visitation will be on Friday, January 6, 2018 from 1:00-7:00 PM at the Bates-Gould Funeral Home in Hemingford, NE.
 
Memorials may be made to the Hemingford Methodist Church, the Hemingford Volunteer Firefighters Association or to any organization to care for children's needs.
 
Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com.
 
Dorthy was born on November 5, 1919 in Sioux County, NE to Dave W. Hamaker and Hannah Belle Martin Hamaker. She had a brother, Fred, and a sister, Ruth. She passed from this life on January 1, 2018 at Highland Park Care Center in Alliance, NE.
 
Dorthy attended country school near her home and then graduated from Sioux County High School in Harrison in 1937. She helped her parents on the ranch for a couple years, then moved to Crawford to help care for an elderly couple that everyone who knew them called Grandfather and Grandmother Itzkeytch. She attended one year at Chadron State College, where she got a civil service typing certificate that led her to several jobs. She worked at Igloo, SD and then in Denver at the Army Air Force Headquarters.
 
She met her future husband, Dean Paul Meradith, before he joined the 8th Cavalry, where he served until the fall of 1945. When he came home from the Army, he asked Dorthy to marry him, and they were married on November 5, 1945 in the home of the Itzkeytchs. They approved of Dean because Ben Itzkeytch had also served in the 8th Cavalry. They lived in Omaha for a short time and then moved back to the Hemingford area, where they farmed together until they retired and moved into Hemingford in 1981. They had two sons, Gary Dean and Ronald Eugene, who gave them much joy in their lives. Dean passed away on April 15, 1992.
 
Dot spent many volunteer hours caring for the "elderly" at the Hemingford Care Center and also helping in the public library and at the school. She was honored for her service by the President's Volunteer Service Award and recognized several times for her various volunteer services. She made friends, both young and old, wherever she was. She was a long-time member of the Methodist Church and of the Royal Neighbors and the Rebekah Lodge.
               
Dot spent the last five months of her life in Highland Park Care Center, where she made more new friends and teased "the girls." She was preceded in death by her parents, brother and sister, and husband Dean.
 
Survivors include sons Gary (Rosemarie) and Ron (Yolanda); grandson Kyle; granddaughters Brenda (John) Morford, Monica (Mark) Johnson, and Amanda Meradith; great-grandchildren Taylor (Jake), Telli, Meredith, Mason, Morgan, and Leighton; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
 
Bates-Gould Funeral Home of Alliance, NE is in charge of arrangements for Dorthy Mable Hamaker Meradith.

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