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Dorothy Frances Searles - Southport

Mrs. Dorothy Frances Searles age 91 of Southport died Tuesday February 21, 2012.

Mrs. Searles was born in New York City on March 11, 1920 and was the daughter of the late Henry and Catherine McAllister Macetty. She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 60 years, David Patrick Searles in 2002. She spent most of her life in New Jersey raising her family until 1973 during which time her husbandís job required the family to move to Johnson City, TN. where they stayed until his retirement in 1993. Following his retirement they moved to Southport, NC. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

During World War II Mrs. Searles drove military cargo trucks transporting troops and supplies for training exercises at Fort Ord, California where her husband was stationed at the time. Following the war they returned to New Jersey where Dorothy dedicated her time to raise her family and care for her aging parents. She later became manager of food services for several large companies including Yardley Cosmetics and Scott Foresman Publishing in New Jersey until her retirement. Following her retirement she dedicated many years of service volunteering in hospitals and teaching young children to improve their reading skills.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Baker and husband Terry of Myrtle Beach, and Lorie Alderfer and husband Donald of Supply, NC; Her son, Daniel David Searles and wife Lucy of Caguas, Puerto Rico Five grandchildren, Terry Baker Jr. and wife Carla, Laura Liga and husband Tony, Erin, Jill, and Molly Alderfer; two great grandchildren, Jennifer and Daniel Baker.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday February 28, 2012 at 1pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Reverend Trent Watts officiating.

The family will receive friends at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral Service, 1411 N. Howe Street, Southport on Monday February 27th 2012 from 2-4 pm and also 6-8 pm.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center, C/O Brunswick County Facility, 1414 Physicians Dr. Wilmington, NC 28401.

You may offer online condolences at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.

You may send flowers at www.FTD.com or by calling 877-282-4098.

Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport
 

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