Dorothy “Dottie” Adelia DeBow grew her wings and is now flying with the angels. On April 2, 2022 she left this earthly realm after 70 years similarly to how she entered it, at home surrounded by loved ones.
Her eventful life journey began on August 7, 1951. Dottie was born in Lower Bank, New Jersey to the dearly departed Charles and Margaret (Core) DeBow as the second youngest child to a large family. Her younger years were spent mostly outdoors playing amongst her close-knit brother and sisters, audacious cousins, and loyal friends. She attended Green Bank Grade School then later advanced to Oakcrest High School.
As an adult Dottie enjoyed being a homemaker and caring for her five children, their spouses (whom she treated as her own), and grandchildren. This does not include all of who considered her their surrogate mom or “mom-mom”. All of which she loved unconditionally. Throughout her life
passage, she bestowed upon her loved ones a genuine charisma like no other. Although her roots dug deep and remained in New Jersey, she found a new form of happiness when moving to Florida in the late 1990’s.
Her joy for life and indomitable spirit is quite admirable. Dottie fancied spending time in the kitchen and preparing meals, not only for her closest family but anyone who craved a scrumptious feast. Those who have had the pleasure of meeting Dottie knew that they would not depart her presence without reveling in a marvelous extravaganza. She lived life to the fullest and truly enjoyed exploring different places. She never backed down from a new experience or adventure, even if the destination was unknown. Her favorite pass time was creating lasting memories with endearing family and friends. Dottie also took pleasure in being an avid beachgoer, collecting seashells, reviving plants, nurturing pets and wildlife, shopping, decorating each room seasonally, conversing with friends, playing family games such as scrabble, and attending church services.
Though her health was failing for some time, few people knew the extent to which she struggled. It would be wrong to state that Dottie lost her battle, because she never stopped fighting. When others would have faltered and broke, Dottie remained strong and determined. Her unstoppable demeanor has helped us to truly understand the meaning of perseverance and resilience.
Dottie will be lovingly remembered by her treasured children: Shawn, Chad, Temple, Dina, and Vicki; beloved daughter-in-law Gail (Shawn) and adored son-in-law Dave (Vicki); cherished grandchildren: Shannon, Sierra, Ariel, Gavin, Chad Jr., Skylar, Craig, Julianna, Jaden, Gracie, and Savanna; precious great grandchild Ramsey; and devoted companion of the last 20 years Mike Mudrak. She is also survived by her influential siblings: Myrt (Lillian), Margaret – affectionately known as Bubbles, Charlotte, and Bridget; countless nieces, nephews, life-long friends; and fur babies. She will always be in their hearts and missed forever more.
While Dottie’s family grieves her loss, they are choosing to remember her in a way that honors her spirit. Services will be deferred until August 2022. Please contact her daughter Vicki Allen for more information, if interested in attending.