Dorothy (Vance) Michael, age 82, of Petersburg, WV passed away Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg. She was born on October 21st, 1936 in Fisher, WV and was the daughter of the late Loring Hugh Vance and Mary Elizabeth (Weese) Vance.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Gene G. Michael, in 2015.
Dottie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved cooking for and spending time with her family. In home videos, her carefree laughter rings out, followed by a joyous, “Very good!” – a celebratory phrase of encouragement that marked many special occasions. A nurturer with the kindest heart and sweetest soul, she loved many and was loved by many in return. Her door and her heart were open to everyone, and her hugs were freely given to all. Her compassion, beauty, and grace touched all who were fortunate enough to know her. She was a receptionist for Petersburg Medical Group for 29 years, and greeted all who entered with her contagious smile and comforting conversation. An avid sports fan, she thoroughly enjoyed watching sports on TV, but it was being at the ballpark that she loved most, especially when cheering on her Yankees. Her love of tending to others was also evident in the way she tended her garden, and she always looked forward to her flowers blooming, especially her purple lilacs.
“Dottie” is survived by her children, Greg Michael and wife Sherry of Petersburg, WV; Tammy Crites and husband Rodger of Moorefield, WV and Linda Kay Michael of Petersburg, WV; three grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth Kessel and husband Daniel of Maysville, WV, Jessica Erin Michael Bowman and husband Jeremiah of Martinsburg, WV and Ethan Gregory Michael of Frostburg, MD; two great granddaughters, Sadie Elizabeth Kessel and Eleanor Kate Bowman; two brothers, Jim Vance and wife Annabelle of Mathias, WV and Charlie Vance and wife Janet of Moorefield, WV; and several beloved nieces and nephews, as well as grand-dogs and grand-cats.
Family will receive friends Saturday, March 16th, 2019 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Schaeffer Funeral Home.
Honoring Mrs. Michael’s request, her body will be cremated and internment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 13355 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30309 or Charity of Choice.