Dorothy Jane Robb Hemphill, 86, formerly of Humboldt, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Clare Bridge Senior Living in Wichita.
She was born July 4, 1926, on the family farm south of Moran to Harley and Mary Etta Harclerode Robb. She grew up on farms in the Moran and LaHarpe area and graduated from LaHarpe High School in 1944. She taught at the Independence country school in rural Allen County from 1944-1946.
On Jan. 19, 1947, she married Frank Hemphill at Jeddo Church, rural LaHarpe. In the summer of 1953, they moved to Humboldt, where they lived until Frank’s death in April of 1999 and where she continued to live until 2009. As her health declined, Dorothy moved to Sterling House Assisted Living Home in Derby in 2009, and then to Clare Bridge Senior Living in Wichita in February of 2012.
After receiving her degree from Pittsburg State University in 1976, she worked as the Humboldt Elementary Librarian until her retirement, to assist her ailing husband, in 1989. During her years in Humboldt she was a member of the Humboldt United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Chapter AM PEO, Hope and Hoe garden club, the Humboldt Library Board, the Humboldt Housing Authority Board, the Better Homes FCE, the Monday night Bridge club, Bridgettes, an avid bowler (even in her 80s), taught Sunday school, Bible school and served in many capacities at the Humboldt United Methodist Church, including Sunday School Superintendent. She was a girl scout and boy scout leader when her children were young. She was actively involved in her later years, in the Humboldt Historical Society and Museum, assisting with the Humboldt Sesquicentennial celebration. Her community, family and her faith were very important to her.
She is survived by a daughter, Jane Stout, Derby; two sons, Steve and his wife, Karen (Ford), Baldwin City, and Rick and his wife, Barbara (Lytle), Derby; one brother, John Robb and his wife, Hazel, Humboldt; one sister, Roberta Jean and her husband, Joseph, Cape Girardeau, Mp.,; seven grandchildren, Craig (Hannah) and Kayla Stout, Matthew, Sara, Erick (Michelle), Tom (Morgan) and Adam Hemphill; two stepgrandchildren, Shelby and Emily Lawson; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Her parents, husband, and a son, David Lee, preceded her in death.
Visitation is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Humboldt United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18 at the Humboldt United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Moran Cemetery, Moran.
Memorials are suggested to Humboldt United Methodist Church or Alzheimer’s Association and may be left with the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.iolafuneral.com