Dottie Jewel WeatheroyAugust 18, 1933 ~ December 24, 2017 (age 84)
In loving memory of Dottie Beatrice Jewel McCorvey Weatheroy 1933-2017
On August 18th, 1933 Dottie was born to CC and Petrola McCorvey. She was the eldest of five children. She started her journey in a small town outside of Okemah, Oklahoma called Boley. She lived there through the age of 10. Dottie described her early life as the daughter of hard working, God fearing parents who worked as sharecroppers. She credits her resilience and level of commitment to this start in life.
As with many Black Portlanaders, her family was a part of the great migration north during WWll. In 1944, Dottie, her mother and siblings moved to Vanport, Oregon to join her father, where life as she knew it changed. While there were many barriers still faced by many African Americans in Oregon, the opportunities seemed much greater. As many new Black Portlanders, her family quickly settled in and found community through a shared experience of a new life and a spiritual home. Dottie's family joined Vancouver Baptist Church, where she met and married her husband George Sr.. Soon after, her father became one of the early members of Allen Temple CME Church, where she and George Sr. also joined and raised their children.
Dottie was a student of the Portland Public Schools, eventually graduating from Girls Poly High School, followed by the attendance at beauty school in Seattle, WA. Soon after this, Dottie started her role as a full-time mother.
Dottie was known for having a heart of kindness and a positive spirit. You may have entered her home as a stranger, but left as a member of her family. Fondly referred to by many as mom, she is remembered as a loving person who was a cheerleader for many. Dottie and George had a clear philosophy of "keep your children active, keep them out of trouble". So her children and grandchildren participated in many organized sports and activities. Since her passing, many recalled memories of mom not only rooting for her family members but all the children participating because of her strong sense of community. Her cheers, laughter and telephone greeting is authentic and heartfelt and will always be remembered.
Dottie's favorite past times and memberships were to proudly serve as an usher board member at Allen Temple CME, playing Bunco monthly with her "sisters", bowling, gardening, the daily crossword puzzle, bringing her family together to break bread and fellowship with one another and of course, watching sports. She would give anyone a run for their money in her appreciation of sports- especially when it came to her Blazers. She also had a modest and responsible fondness for an occasional casino trip. That is about as spicy as it would get for her.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints (Psalms 116:15). Dottie accepted God's summons on December 24th of 2017.
Preceding her in death was her husband George Sr., as well as all of her siblings Herman, Claude, Sidney, and Helloise, her daughter Bonita Gayle Pino, and her grandson Damian Pino.
Dottie leaves to cherish her memory: Her five children-Carmelita, George Jr., Paul Sr., Valerie, and Elle; her daughter-n-law Lisa; her sister-n-law Beatrice; nine grandchildren (Nykisha, Tina, Felica, Marshall, George lll, Brianna, Paul Jr., Miles and Wynston), and nine great grandchildren (Jasmine, Sydne, Nina, Jewel, Dominic, Israel, Logan, Monroe and Maxwell). She will also be remembered and not forgotten by a host of nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends that were all very important to her.
The viewing and funeral will be held at the Rose City Cemetery. The viewing is scheduled for January 4th from 10:00-5:00. Her funeral is scheduled for January 5th at 9:30am.
The family of Dottie Weatheroy, would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your prayers, cards, thoughts, kind deeds and many other acts of kindness shown to the family during this time of bereavement. May God bless and keep you always.
Instead of sending flowers, memorial gifts may be made to:
The NAACP of Portland (http://www.portlandnaacp1120.org)
The Urban League of Portland (https://ulpdx.org/get-involved/make-a-donation/)
The Sunshine Division (http://www.sunshinedivision.org/donate/)
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The NAACP of Portland
The Urban League of Portland
The Sunshine Division