Sunday, November 16, 2014

Dorothy Risher Dies At 98

Dorothy Hill Risher, age 98, a lifelong resident of South Florida, died Nov. 14, 2014 at Tidewell Hospice House in Arcadia, Florida. 

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Wallace, who died in 1991. They were married fifty-three years.

Dorothy was born in 1916 to her parents, Grover A. and Sylvia Aiken Hill on their homestead in Ft. Denaud, Florida. After graduating from LaBelle schools, she went to Washington, DC to pursue studies in fashion design. It was there she met her husband who was working for the Federal Bureau of Investigations and attending law school.

They were married in Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church in LaBelle and returned to Washington for ten years where their three children were born. They returned to LaBelle to make their home and raise their family.

Dorothy retired after thirty years of service with the Hendry County Health Department and the Hendry County Clerk's Office in LaBelle.

She was an avid gardener, loved painting, quilting, crocheting and playing Bridge. She and her husband traveled extensively throughout this country as well as abroad. The couple enjoyed their home on the Caloosahatchee River in LaBelle as well as a summer home in the mountains of Hot Springs, North Carolina.

Dorothy is survived by her dear sisters, Mildred Lewis of Ft. Myers and Esther (John) Beavers of LaBelle.

She is survived by three beloved children, Wally (Gina) Risher of LaBelle, Deanie (Frank) Cardimen of Rochester Hills, Michigan and Nancy (Elmer) Mott of Arcadia, Florida.

She is also survived by nine grandchildren: Mark Risher, Tara Risher Soud, Jeff, Andy and Mike Cardimen, Cynthia and Beverly Mott, Fraya Mott Sutton and Thomas (Haley) Mott. She has twenty-two great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

A celebration of Dorothy's life will be held in the Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church in LaBelle Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hope Hospice and Tidewell Hospice.

Cremation Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

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