Dorothea Tebeck passed away July 17, 2017 peacefully at her home at the age of 94.
Dorothea grew up in Mexico, Mo., with loving parents and a brother Don. Later she had a sister, Patricia, the age of one her daughters!
After graduating from high school, she went to work in Kansas City at Montgomery Wards. There she met E.L. Tebeck, known as Tee, who was head of the Automotive Department at Montgomery Wards. They were married in 1943 in Fulton, Mo., and moved to St. Louis. Later they moved back to Kansas City where Tee became the Western Auto Representative who traveled in four states. Dorothea worked for Wolfe Brothers until their first baby girl, Teresa was born. Traveling all of the time was hard. Tee liked to be home so he became manager of the Western Auto Store in Carthage, Mo. In 1946 the Tebecks, including another baby girl, Deidre, moved to Miami where Tee managed the Western Auto Store here. In the next few years two more daughters, Linda and Cindy, were born.
The family became active in the Presbyterian Church and immediately felt at home here. Dorothea had fond memories of Presbyterian Women, of serving dinners and having plays in the church basement, and working in Bible School. She especially has warm memories of Rev. and Mrs. Harry Curtis and Rev. Kruithof.
Dorothea was a busy lady. Her first concern was for her family. Her best family memories are of meals together and packing up the station wagon to go to Mexico, Mo. to visit her parents!! Through the years she was active in the Modern Mothers Club and always gave time to groups like Girl Scouts and PTA where the girls were involved. Bowling was a hobby. She and Faye Berentz won the Doubles State Championship.
Dorothea was a 50 year member of the Red Cross. She went with other members to Eastern State Hospital to enrich the lives of the patients. They played Bingo, went shopping, and even took them to the Rodeo! Dorothea always helped with the Bloodmobile and was Director of the Ottawa County Red Cross at one time.
She was a charter member of Miami Little Theater fifty years ago. She was in many plays. She particularly remembers her part in the opening play, MALE ANIMAL. She also served on the first Board of Friends of the Coleman and has been active in the restoration of the Coleman ever since.
Dorothea was a Unit Secretary at Miami Baptist Hospital for twelve years before retiring.
Keeping her life interesting are her four daughters who have always enjoyed her and each other. Teresa and Deidre are retired and live at Aspen Wall on Grand Lake. Linda lives in Edmond and Cindy lives in Seneca. Dorothea has six grandsons and two granddaughters. She has 13 Great Grandchildren.
The Presbyterian Church was blessed to have had Dorothea as a member for 66 years!! Her smile and service will be greatly missed.
Services will be at the Presbyterian Church, Tuesday July 25 At 10 a.m.
Viewing will be from 12 to 8 p.m. Monday, the family will receive friends from 5 to 7pm.
Arrangements have been in trusted to Brown-Winters Funeral Home and Cremation Service.