Dorothy “Dot” Shay Whitting, 88, of Knox, passed away surrounded by her family on Friday, September 20, at UPMC Northwest in Seneca.
Born on August 31, 1931, in Apollo, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Ross and Emma (Anderson) Chambers, and a graduate of Ashland School. Dorothy was married to Russell Shay on April 3, 1953. He preceded her in death in 1992. She then married Jack Whitting of Fayetteville, Arkansas, on January 7, 1994, where she lived prior to his death in 2010.
Dorothy enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, was an avid quilter and member of the St. Paul’s Quilting Guild, and liked to go bowling when she was able. She was a Pittsburgh Pirates fan and rarely missed a game. She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and playing games with her grandchildren.
She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Knox and also attended the Ashland United Methodist Church in Kossuth.
She spent many years working at King’s Drug Store in Knox, and retired from Rhea Lumber after 21 years as bookkeeper.
Dorothy is survived by: a son Jeffrey Shay and his wife Deborah of Knox; a daughter Gayle Mays and her husband Gregg, of Knox; a daughter Debra Shay of Clarion; a son Kenton Shay and his wife Nancy of Dresden, Ohio; and a daughter Judy Shrum and husband Keith of Knox. She is also survived by a sister Violet Morrison of Seneca; a sister-in-law Dixie Chambers of Oil City; and several grandchildren including, Tracy Irwin of Pittsburgh; Gary Shay of Boston, Kentucky; Julie Shrum of Oil City; Susan Hennon of Grove City; Kurt Mays of Callensburg; Kyle Schwabenbauer of Knox; Erin Owen of Clarion; and Kasey O’Neal of Clearville. She is also survived by several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, in addition to a step-daughter Jane Payton and husband Danny and daughter Janna Morter of Rogers, Arkansas; and step-son Steve Whitting and wife Cheryl and daughter April, of Prairieville, Louisiana.
She is preceded in death by husbands Russell and Jack; son Gary Shay; brothers Roland, Wayne, Edward, Ernest, and Samuel Chambers; and sisters Ethel Swartzfager, Charlotte Stumpner, and Alice Weaver.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held for family and friends at the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, officiated by Pastor Ken Tack, at 937 Twin Church Road, Knox, on Wednesday, September 25 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of one’s choice.
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