Our cherished mother, Dorothy Jean (Heaslip) Stead, 89, died peacefully March 12, 2012, with her two daughters at her bedside at the Marley House in Prescott, Ariz. She was born May 8, 1923, in Carlton Place, Ontario, Canada, to Harold Edgar Heaslip and Jean Isabel (Dunlap) Heaslip.
Dorothy was predeceased by her beloved husband, Raymond Leslie Stead, on April 6, 1997.
At the age of 3, mother's family moved to Gloversville in Upstate New York where she grew up, met our father in high school and married, after a three-year courtship. Dad's family owned a dairy farm and that is where they started their family. She loved the country and the rural life. She loved having animals, especially their horses, pet sheep (Bloop and Bleep) and many dogs. She loved all God's creatures. In 1998, mom moved to Prescott to be near her two daughters. She was a quilter and dearly loved the friends she made in her Katherina Von Bora Quilters group at the American Lutheran Church.
She is survived by a brother John Gavin Heaslip (Pat) of Canisteo, N.Y.; a sister Carol Madeline (Heaslip) Monteleone of Mt. Morris, N.Y.; two daughters, Donna Jean Reynolds (Nigel) and Karen Ann Grover, both of Prescott; four grandchildren, Michael J. (Elizabeth) Reynolds of Moses Lake, Wash. and Casey L. Grover of Orlando, Fla.; Rebecca D. Barnett of Phoenix and Stephen P.Q. Reynolds of Prescott. She also has three great-grandchildren, Thomas, Abigail (Abby) and Andrew.
A memorial service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012, at American Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1080 Scott Drive in Prescott. Inurnment will follow in Gloversville, N.Y. at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Highgate Senior and Assisted Living, 1600 Petroglyph Point, Drive, Prescott, AZ 86301 or Marley House, Good Samaritan Society, 1065 Ruth St., Prescott, AZ 86301.
Hampton Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements. Please visit www.hamptonfuneralhome.com to visit and sign the online guestbook.
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