|Dorothy J. Longbotham|
Sept. 23, 1927-Jan. 17, 2014
She was born Sept. 23, 1927 to Laurence and Irene (Bosworth) Primus in Chicago, IL. She graduated Salutatorian of Sullivan High School in 1945. She married Thomas McCartney June 15, 1946 in Chicago, IL. He passed away Nov. 28, 1963. She married Thomas Longbotham Nov. 4, 1964 in Dekalb, IL.
Dorothy is survived by her husband: Thomas Longbotham; five children: George (Suzanne) McCartney, Thomas (Janet) McCartney, William (Joan) McCartney, Nancy (Mark) Giese, Susan (John) Janik; 12 grandchildren: Tammy (Randy) Winkelman, John (Karen) McCartney, Sarah Grant, Michael (Kristen) McCartney, Melissa (Jason) Drum, Robert (Heather) McCartney, Mark (Robyn) McCartney, Julie (Ryan) Drinkwater, Jenna Giese, Molly Giese, Jessica Allen, Tyler (Katie) Allen; and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by first husband: Thomas McCartney; one son: Michael McCartney; her mother: Irene Primus O’Connor; her father: Laurence Primus; one sister: Evelyn Campbell; and other relatives and close friends.
Dorothy’s entire life was spent being active, donating her time, and doing things for others. She was a Hospice volunteer for St. Agnes out of Fond du Lac for many years. She was an active member of Marquette County HCE for 45 years serving as president for the Suburbanites Club 10 separate years receiving the honor or Homemaker of the Year. She served on the Westfield Village Board for 15 years and the Marquette Area Opportunities board for 23 years. Dorothy was an avid bowler, while also holding the office of secretary/treasurer for the Westfield Women’s Bowling Association for 10+ years. She was a highly skilled professional furniture upholsterer and tailor, and she taught her craft to many.
In her later years, Dorothy played Yahtzee, Scrunch, Farkle, Rummy and any card or dice game anyone came up with. She remained as active as physically possible and never lost her will to live a meaningful life. What meant the most to Dorothy was being able to see her children – and grandchildren – grow up, get married, have children of their own, and become happy, successful people.
Dorothy had a lovely, giving spirit and a kindness rarely seen in people today. She was the center of her family’s world, touched an incredible number of lives and her spirit will live on in their hearts and memories. She will be remembered for her kindness, her strength, her sense of humor and her beautiful, generous personality.
There will be a private memorial service at a later date. Burial will be at Fairview Park Cemetery, Dekalb, IL. The Leikness Funeral Home of Wautoma is assisting the family with arrangements, www.wautomafuneralhome.com.