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March 12, 1927 ~ December 25, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Dorothy Marie (Hoard) Doss, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, age 96, passed away on December 25, 2023. She was born on March 12, 1927, in Traverse City, Michigan, to Frank Arthur Hoard and Hilda (Zimmerman) Hoard and lived most of her adult life in Ann Arbor.
Dorothy graduated from the University of Michigan School of Nursing (BSN 1951) and began her career at UM Women’s Hospital. She found her true calling as a school nurse working for the Ann Arbor Public Schools from 1969 until retirement in 1997, at which time she received a standing ovation at the Pioneer High School commencement for her years of service to the students of Ann Arbor.
While working at UM Women’s Hospital, Dorothy met and fell in love with Harvey Alvis Doss, a decorated WWII pilot, veteran/POW, and Texan. They married on February 22, 1957, and celebrated over 50 years of marriage before his death in 2008. In their early years together they moved frequently to accommodate Harvey’s career, living in Newark, Houston, and Brussels. Shortly after returning to Ann Arbor in 1960, Dorothy and Harvey found their ‘forever home’ at 900 Pine Tree Drive. While Harvey’s work continued to take him around the globe, Dorothy stayed in her beloved Ann Arbor until the last year of her life when she moved to Porter Hills Village in Grand Rapids.
Both Dorothy and Harvey epitomized individuals shaped by the Great Depression and WWII; their lives spanned horse-drawn carriages, the moon landing, second wave feminism, computers and, for Dorothy, smart phones, and iPads.
Dorothy had a special place in her heart for the music programs at Pioneer High School and was co-recipient of the Pioneer Band Association’s 2008 Reflections of Excellence Award, granted to those who have had a significant impact on the program. She chaperoned scores of trips with young musicians, from the annual trek north for summer band camp at Interlochen to concert tours of Europe. One of Dorothy’s favorite refrains: “Drink fluids and get on the bus!” originated on these adventures and was a family favorite.
Dorothy was a skilled and dedicated nurse, maintaining her license and volunteering in senior respite programs until just two years before her death. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, co-worker, and friend; a passionate traveler; a voracious reader; and a spirited, independent woman who loved a party, chardonnay (with ice!), and the people in her life.
In addition to her husband, Dorothy was preceded in death by both her parents and two brothers, Donald Hoard and David Hoard, and by her beloved sister-in-law, Emma “Sis” (VanderLinden) Hoard. She is survived by her children Barbara Jo Doss (Michael Karluk), Jean Marie Doss, Martha Sue (Dan) Chieply, and Matthew (Ellen) Doss; step daughter Ann Heald; grandchildren Zachary, Aaron, Alec, and Audrey; and loving, extended family in both Michigan and Texas.
A celebration of Dorothy’s life will take place in Ann Arbor at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the UM Medicine Geriatrics Center Silver Club Memory Programs.