Dorothy ‘Jean’ Dile

DILE, Dorothy Mae “Jean,” 89, passed away Sunday, November 10, 2013, at Whetstone Gardens Assisted Living in Columbus, OH.

Dorothy was born on June 23, 1924, in Zanesville, OH, the only child of her late parents, Jeannette Williamson and Frank E. Neely.

Her nickname “Jean” was bestowed on her by her Scottish grandfather.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Eugene Dile; and her only child, Gary Lee Dile.

Dorothy is survived by her stepdaughter, Ethel Wilson of Easton, PA; her daughter-in-law, Madelyn M. Dile; and several nieces and nephews.

Dorothy grew up in Columbus, OH, where she met her husband, Ralph and gave birth to her son Gary. A few years after his birth, her husband’s work took them to Steubenville, OH, where they raised their son and she later pursued a college education.

She was a loving and caring individual who adored animals and enjoyed traveling. Dorothy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Steubenville in 1971, a Master of Science degree from Duquesne University in 1973 and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984 at the age of 60.

She was a licensed psychologist in Ohio and West Virginia, first practicing in Steubenville, OH, then Wheeling, WV and finally Hebron, OH, where she moved to be close to her son and his wife.

She was a past member of the Ohio and West Virginia psychological associations. She also served as a volunteer at the Licking County Animal Shelter and Licking County Memorial Hospital.

Friends may call at Shorac Funeral Home, 611 N. Fourth Street, Steubenville, on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. with Rev. Doug Neavin officiating. Burial at Union Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be directed to any local animal shelter.

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