Dorothy C. Carey

Dorothy C. Carey died peacefully Wednesday, July 6th, surrounded by immeasurable love. The daughter of Ralph and Evelyn Wilmot, she was born in Scott Township, PA on a beautiful May’s day in 1932. Dorothy attended the Scott school district, was a lifelong member of the Tompkinsville United Methodist Church, and proudly owned and operated Carey’s Slaughterhouse with her husband of 50 years, Floyd Carey, Sr. A single page cannot properly describe the life of an angel, but those who loved her will be sustained by far more than these few memories.

At the tender age of 11, Dorothy experienced heartbreak that most adults struggle to cope with when her world was split open at the loss of her mother. Just five years later, Dorothy left formal education to work at Cooper’s rug factory in Scranton, PA. We cannot be sure that this was Dorothy’s first act of selflessness and sacrifice for her family, but we know it was far from her last.

Floyd and Dorothy met in adolescence and married soon after. In loving Floyd, Dorothy also regained a mother in the incredible soul of Rachel Carey, who helped to renew the light she had once lost. It wasn’t long before their home was filled with the music of tiny feet as they welcomed their seven children to the world. Dorothy gifted her family with something she never had, a full and lasting childhood that only comes with the enduring shelter of a mother’s love. In return, they gave her 21 amazing grandchildren.

At 79 years young, Dorothy set out to accomplish something she had longed for since youth – her high school diploma. After months of preparation (during canning season no less), Dorothy achieved her GED in October 2011 to the sound of her family’s roaring applause. She is nothing less than the North Star of all our lives, exemplifying endless patience and unconditional love all the days of her life.

Dorothy is survived by her sisters, Freda Allen and Shirley Kilmer; her children – Floyd Carey, Jr. and wife, Nancy; Christine Gardner; Susan Connor and husband, Gary; Donald Carey and wife, Tracy; Sarah Carey; Joyce Hoinsky and husband, James; and Janet Carey; and her many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Carey, Sr.; son-in-law, Gary Gardner; and siblings, Clyona Vail and Ralph Wilmot, Jr. It was a glorious day in Heaven when Dorothy stood in the presence of her Creator and found her mother waiting to hold her once more.

Dorothy’s family would like to sincerely thank the staff of the Carbondale Nursing & Rehabilitation Center for the compassionate and diligent care they gave her in the final season of her life.

A memorial service took place at the Tompkinsville United Methodist Church, 1448 Heart Lake Rd, on Monday at 11:00 a.m.  Services will be conducted by Pastor Beth Taylor, and friends called on the family from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations were made to the Tompkinsville United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Shifler-Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Clifford.