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Dorothy Whitecotton

August 3, 1930 — October 24, 2022

Dorothy Jean Palmer Whitecotton, lifetime resident of the Gila Valley passed away Monday, October 24 at the age of 92. Dorothy was born August 3 1930, in Bridger, Montana to Journal Vaughn Palmer and Grace Etta Stevens Palmer. Dorothy had two sisters and three brothers. She attended school in Pima Arizona and married Norace Whitecotton July 24, 1946 and moved to Thatcher Arizona where Dorothy and Norace raised two girls and two boys. Dorothy work as a cashier in Safeway Safford Food Center, and AJ Bayless and retired from Bayless in 1989. After retiring Dorothy and Norace spent some of their time traveling the Southwest with the “ Old Time Fiddlers” group. Norace played the fiddle and Dorothy sang along and would do her special yodeling. Dorothy is a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints . After Norace passed away, Dorothy enjoyed time attending the Gila Valley Temple. Dorothy is survived by her son Bob (Dianne) of Tampa, Florida, her daughter Peggy Anderson of Chandler, and her son Michael of Thatcher, who spent over 5 years assisting with his mother’s care. The couple had 19 grandchildren 28 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents Journal and Grace Palmer, her husband Norace and her daughter Carolyn. The couple were married for 63 years at the time of Norace’s passing. Graveside services will be held Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Thatcher cemetery. Services will be conducted by Bishop Rhett Dodge, of the Thatcher First Ward. There are no other services or viewings scheduled. Arrangements made through McDougal’s Funeral Chapel and Gila Valley Crematory located at 112 E Main St Safford, Az 85546. 928-428-1740 www.Caldwell funeral Click this link to view additional details about Dorothy's Services, including any available live streams:
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Saturday, November 12, 2022

6:00 - 7:00 pm (Mountain (no DST) time)

Thatcher Cemetery

, Thatcher, AZ 85552

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