Born: January 16, 1943 - Deceased: January 4, 2022
Dorothy “Dottie” K. Woods, nee Eaves, 78 of Fairview Heights, IL, born Saturday, January 16, 1943, in East St. Louis, IL, passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at her residence in Highland, IL.
She was preceded in death by her:
Dottie had the heart of a saint and would do anything for anyone. She was born the baby of her family, 10 years after her sister, Carol. When her mother asked her father if he wanted a boy or girl, he stated that he wanted a little girl that was just like her mother – and he got her! So much so, that her family fondly called her “Little Caroline”. Dottie met the first love of her life at just 18 years old and they married soon thereafter. She was blessed with three amazing, red-headed children that she adored. When her husband passed away suddenly, Dottie went to work at Belleville Memorial Hospital where she did many odd jobs in the administration department for 35 years. In that time, she met the second love of her life, Andrew Newton, and they built a life together by combining their families and showing them all what true love looks like. She and Andrew were together for 35 years and shared some of their best memories together. Dottie loved being around family. She raised her three children, and then began enjoying all 8 of her grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. When her first grandchild was born, she became “Nana” and was the epitome of what a wonderful Nana could be – laughing all the time and loving no matter what. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, she vowed to fight hard and not let it win. She chose to keep fighting so that she could spend more time with her family. She had many good years since her diagnosis and rarely let it get her down. Even in her last days, she held a smile on her face, surrounded by her family, and made the most of every moment. She was determined to show her family how strength can carry you through. Her legacy will live on, and her wisdom and lessons will be referred to and reflected on as a reminder that courage and love are powerful tools to get you through anything with dignity and grace. She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure to know her.
Dottie is survived by her:
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hope House or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Visitation: Visitation from 1:30 – 4:00 PM, Sunday, January 9, 2022, at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM, Sunday, January 9, 2022, at Kurrus Funeral Home, with Rev. Carl Bowlin officiating. Private interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.