Dorothy L. Cayse

October 17, 1925 ‒ March 30, 2008

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Dorothy L. Cayse, age 82, of Mount Gilead died Sunday morning, March 30, 2008, at the Morrow County Hospital Extended Care Facility following a three year battle with health ailments.

On October 17, 1925, she was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Harvey and Lillian Wallick. Dorothy graduated from Pittsburgh High School.

While vacationing with her family to Genevana Lake on the shores of Lake Erie, Dorothy met a handsome local gentleman, Richard Harnist. Shortly after meeting they married in Rock Creek, Ohio, where they lived and raised two children, Richard Jr. and Nancy. After enjoying many family vacations to Florida, Richard Sr. and Dorothy moved to Pompano Beach, Florida in 1966. Very unexpectedly, he preceded her in death on November 21, 1971.

During her time in Florida, Dorothy worked for nearly twenty years for the Chris Craft Corporation as a secretary in Pompano Beach, Florida, until her retirement.

After a few years had passed, Dorothy found love again with Harold Cayse, whom she enjoyed traveling, golfing, camping, and fishing with. He too preceded her in death in 1992.

An avid bingo player, Dorothy often took bingo very “seriously” and was notorious for how she would get into the game in Florida.

In 1993, Dorothy moved from Florida to Mount Gilead to be near her daughter and grandchildren. To her family, she is known as “Grandma” for her love and devotion to her grandchildren. She was always the first to offer to baby sit, take them to the pool, or ride bicycles with them, just to name a few.

While in Mount Gilead, Dorothy loved volunteering as a Silver Twig at the Morrow County Hospital three to four days a week in the Emergency Room, Reception area. Several years she was honored as the volunteer who donated the most hours of her time. She also attended the Trinity United Methodist Church, where she often would make pies for the end of the month meals.

With the heart of a lion, Dorothy fought battle after battle in her three years at the MCH Extended Care, where she earned the nickname “Miracle Lady” for how she would recover even after being given only days to live. Despite her battles, she continued her kind and loving ways and because of how she lived she “died with dignity.”

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter and son-in-law, Nancy & Matthew Pettigrew of Mount Gilead, and their children Stacey and Matthew; her son and daughter-in-law, Richard Jr. & Linda Harnist of Houston, Texas, and his children Phillip and Georgianna; and two sisters: Esther (George) Perry of Fullerton, California, and Jane Montgomery of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Her family will greet friends on Tuesday from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mt. Gilead, where services celebrating her life will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. with Pam Lamb-Hart officiating. Burial will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church, 75 E. High St., Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338.

Dorothy’s family would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at the Morrow County Extended Care Facility for the loving care and friendship they gave to Dorothy during her three years there.

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