Dorothy Lee “Dot” Beach

June 10, 1932 ‒ August 14, 2007

Montgomery, Alabama formerly Galion, Ohio

Dorothy Lee “Dot” Beach, age 75, of Montgomery, Alabama and formerly of Galion, died unexpectedly on Tuesday evening, August 14, 2007.

She was born in Milton, Illinois, on June 10, 1932, the daughter of the late Floyd and Leta Clayton Doyle. Dorothy graduated from Milton High School in the Class of 1950.

Dorothy worked as a receptionist for Dr. Smith and Dr. Choi in Galion, Systems and Services and the Lighthouse Counseling Center in Montgomery, Alabama.

A devoted woman of faith, Dot was a member of the Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church and formerly a member of the Church of Christ in Galion. At each church, she dedicated herself to serving the people of the church by visiting nursing homes, being a greeter, or volunteering for any need they may have.

Dot was a woman “who loved to walk, and loved to talk.” Twice a day, every day, she would walk in Montgomery, Alabama, where she has been a resident since 1975, talking with each person along the way. Soon after meeting her new friends, it was as if Dot had known them for years as she got to know everything about them. To Dot, everyone was either “precious” or “sweetheart.”

Dorothy loved to be surrounded by her family, and she loved to watch all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren grow.

All of her years, Dot enjoyed watching her favorite old television shows on TV Land which ranged from Green Acres to the Beverly Hillbillies.

Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters: Valerie Jean (Daryl) Gates of Marion, and Lisa (Michael) McLain of Montgomery, AL; one son: Steven (Ruth) Bristow of Marion; two step sons: Tom (Connie) Beach of Galion, and Mike (Carol) Beach of Indiana; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and by her sister-in-law: Mary Ann Doyle of Marion.

Including her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her first husband: Harold Wayne Bristow in 1970; second husband: James Alan Beach in 1996; brother: Rodney Ray Doyle and her sister: Beverly Jean Frank.

The family will greet friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Salem Evangelical Church, 232 E. Church St., Marion, where memorial services will follow at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. J. Patrick Street officiating. Burial will be held in Mansfield Memorial Park at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home in Marion.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church, 6000 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, AL 36117, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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