Moeller Funeral Home
104 Roosevelt Road
Valparaiso, IN  46383
(219) 462-0535
 Kosanke Funeral Home
105 East Indiana Avenue
Kouts, IN  46347
(219) 766-2224
Wanatah Funeral Chapel
309 North Main Street
Wanatah, IN  46390
(219) 733-2313
Angelcrest Cemetery
and Mausoleum

Highway 49 and 600 North
Valparaiso, IN  46383
(219) 531-8690

Dorothy Mae McMurtrey, of Valparaiso, Indiana, formerly of Dayton, Ohio, and Decatur, Illinois, passed away September 21, 2021.  Born on April 30, 1920, in Edgar County, Illinois, she was a daughter of the late Etta Mae and Stacey Ralph Arthur.  She grew up in Cayuga, Indiana, where she worked as office manager for the Cayuga Herald newspaper after graduating from high school.  A devoted wife and caring mother, Dorothy was a consummate homemaker, excellent cook and generous hostess who welcomed family and friends to her home for many holiday gatherings and other social occasions throughout the years.  She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Decatur; of Fairmont Presbyterian Church, Dayton; and, most recently, of First United Methodist Church in Valparaiso.  She served in several women’s church and community organizations.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of almost 60 years, Robert C. McMurtrey; daughter, Donna Elwyn Dawes (Thomas); granddaughter, Cynthia Anne Dawes; sisters: Faye (Glenn) Stokes, Fern (Mantell) Cutrell, and Lavern (Otto II) Julick; and three brothers who all died in early childhood: Stacey Ralph, Jr., Fred, and Jackie.  She is survived by her daughter, Rita McMurtrey Warder; son, Robert C. McMurtrey, Jr. (Joyce); son-in-law, Thomas Dawes (Robin); grandchildren: Shelley Reese (Charlie), Mark McMurtrey (Kristin), Jonathan (Naomi) Dawes, Jeffrey (Susie) Dawes; and nine great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held in Lodi, Indiana, at a later date.

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