Tuesday, July 29, 2008

It's Becoming More Real

Katherine Bean Dorius
Katherine Bean Dorius 1949 ~ 2008 Kathy Dorius, 59, passed away July 27, 2008 at her home in Draper, Utah of melanoma. Born February 28, 1949 in Salt Lake City, to Ralph James and Helen Coray Bean. She graduated from Highland High School and the University of Utah with a degree in speech therapy. She loved dancing especially with the Utah Civic Ballet Company. On September 4, 1968, Kathy married her childhood sweetheart, Earl F. Dorius, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Together they raised four beautiful daughters who inherited their mother's love of dance, and two wonderful sons. She was an active member of the LDS Church and served in many ward and stake positions including Relief Society President, Young Women's President, Activities Chairman, and Ward Missionary. She also choreographed many church musical productions. She loved serving others. She was a speech therapist and also worked with children with special needs in the Granite and Jordan School Districts. She was the Office Manager at Aspen Ridge Dental, and served as the Executive Secretary of the Utah All-Breeds Horse Show Association and the National Association of Extradition Officials. But most of all, she loved being a stay-at-home mom while raising her six children. Kathy was the most kind and selfless person who was adored by everyone who knew her. She would do anything for her children, and each one considered her their best friend. The Dorius home was a gathering place where the children brought all of their friends. Kathy gladly hosted these gatherings and made life a party for everyone. She had the uncanny ability of remembering the name of every person she ever met, and memorizing their phone numbers. She rarely had need for a phone directory. She loved family traditions like trips to Disneyland, Balboa Beach, and the family condo in St. George, hosting brunches on Christmas morning, dinners at the Pagoda Restaurant, and the annual family pilgrimage to Payson, Utah to camp in the trailer and celebrate Onion Days every Labor Day weekend. She loved to travel, and especially enjoyed touring England and Wales where her husband had served his LDS mission. She is survived by her husband, Earl, Draper, UT; children, Jennifer Allen (Scott), Sandy, UT; Dawn Hall (Aaron), Sandy, UT; Ashley Marsee (Robert), Layton, UT; Amanda Hatch (Brett), Lehi, UT; Joshua Dorius (Megan), South Jordan, UT; and Adam Dorius, Draper, UT; sister, Barbara Bean Daly, Salt Lake; sister-in-law, Ruth Ellen Bean, and 17 grandchildren: Jessica, Tanner, Sam, Mackenzie, Mackay, Hayden, Taylor, Rustyn, Kamryn, Neil (Lynette), Chace, Dane, Jake, Jane, Tobe, and Alyson. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Michael Coray Bean. A viewing will be held Wed., July 30, 2008, from 6-8 p.m. at the Mountain Point 5th Ward located at 400 East Stokes Avenue (13535 S.) in Draper. Funeral services will be Thurs., July 31, 2008, at 12 noon at the Mountain Point 5th Ward Chapel with a viewing beginning at 10:30 a.m. Interment at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E. 10600 S., Sandy, Utah. Funeral director, Mike Anderson 801-580-3366. Online condolences at www.naeo@aol.com. We will miss you Mom ("Grandma Kathy"), but we are comforted by the knowledge the gospel provides that you will be near during special occasions and those special times when we need you the most. 
Published in the Salt Lake Tribune from 7/29/2008 - 7/30/2008
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Samantha said...

Your mom was a very accomplished woman. What a great tribune to her.

amy said...

That is a very beautiful tribute to your Mom. Maybe my mom and your mom will get to know each other and become friends! Please call me if you ever need anything.

The Gatherum Family said...

You guys did such a great job with the obituary. I agree with you on the circle of life...it is so beautiful, sad and full of love and heartache all at the same time. Stay strong these next few days. When things settle down, let's get together and just talk...

Brooke said...

That was a very beautiful tribute. Although too short, your mom lead a rich life full of love and service.

Marti said...

I am glad you put this up because I don't get the paper. It was neat to get to know your mom through this. That is such a sweet picture of her. She sounds like a wonderful woman, who will be extremely missed. Were are lucky to have such a great mom!

kassidyspiers said...

What a neat woman! You can tell she was very loved and will be missed by many! I hope you are doing okay, I can't imagine what you and your family are going through! You are so lucky to have such a great mom!

Kelli said...

This is beautiful. You know, I never realized that she was the one who instilled your love for dance. What a wonderful gift. So many talents and admirable qualities. I know others must feel blessed just to have known her.

I hope to talk to you soon. I'm thinking of you. Love, Kelli

Kami said...

What an accomplished woman. I love that old b/w photo of your parents together. They have been sweethearts for so long.

Jenna said...

What a beautiful obituary and tribute to your mom. I wished I could have known her better, but I feel like I know her best qualities through you. Also, I didn't know she was a dancer. What a neat person! I love that picture of her...I hope she doesn't mind.

Becky, yep said...

Thank you! She was such a lovely person that I cared about deeply!
I'm so sorry for your family and so happy that she is relieved from the pain she was in!
See you tomorrow.

Suzie said...

My heart goes out to all of you for the loss of your Mom and Grandma, clearly a wonderful woman.
May you be blessed in the coming days as you gather as a family and celebrate her life.
What an incredible legacy of love & faith she left. Such a blessing.

Chesney Kjar said...
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Chesney Kjar said...

My heart goes out to you and your family. I am so very sorry. There is really nothing else to say but "it sucks". Please know our prayers will be with you.

The Gatherum Family said...

The funeral was absolutely beautiful. Your mom was so proud of you and all of your siblings. What a legacy you all are to her-She raised such a strong, amazing family and I know that her strength and love will continue to guide all of you-you will make her so proud by the way you live your life. Thank you for sharing your strength and testimony and love with me. I love you-I am thinking of you and I will be in touch, please call me anytime-ANYTIME...if you need anything.

Debbie said...

I second Adrian. As I left, I heard people saying what a wonderful tribute that was to Kathy. Amanda it was just perfect. Good job. She loved it.

Now time for a rest, huh?

Kelli said...

I've been thinking about you and your family today. I'm sure the funeral was beautiful and the chapel was overflowing with people who have been touched by your mother. I know your mom was there in spirit and appreciated all the wonderful things that were said about her.

I wish I could have been there to show my support for you in person. But please know that you are in my prayers. Make sure your kiddos give you extra snuggles and kisses. That always helps me when I'm going through a difficult time.

I have a little something that I am sending to you. It should get there by next week.

Love you - Kelli

Kristy said...

Amanda, I'm so sorry for your loss, your mom is a wonderful woman. I never got to meet her, but just by reading about her, I could tell she is someone amazing. You are so strong and a great example to me. I wish we lived closer and could have been there for the funeral. We miss your sweet kids, too. We love your family, Kristy, Brian, Rachael, Katelyn and Brett

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