Jul 252012

Dorothy Louise Searle, 85, loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2012, in Show Low. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat-urday, Aug. 18, at the Owens Livingston Mortuary-White Mountain Chapel, located at 320 N. Ninth Street in Show Low.
She was born July 28, 1926, in Towson, Okla., to Columbus Joseph “Lum” Mathews and Mamie Becker Mathews.
Dorothy was an awesome and incredible lady who was the “perfect monarch” to her family. She loved camping, fishing, gardening, sewing, quilting and being a homemaker, and she especially loved doing yard work and caring for her flower gardens. Dorothy was an avid reader, especially when it came to westerns. She started the R and M Variety Store in Pinetop, then worked at Bushman’s Variety Store in Snowflake and finally worked for 15 years at Snowflake Drug.
Survivors include three children, Dena Packard of Mesa, Wanda Beasley of Show Low and Marsha Searle of Queen Creek; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred “Blackie” Searle; a daughter, Judy Parkinson; and her parents.
Donations may be made in honor of Dorothy L. Searle to either Hospice Compassus, P.O. Box 19758, Lakeside, Ariz. 85929, or to the American Cancer Society, 403 N. Agassiz, Suite 1, Flagstaff, Ariz. 86001, telephone 1-800-227-2345.