Dorothea “Dottie” Nylin Barnett died April 5, 2007 at Friends Care in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She was 96.
The daughter of Swedish immigrants, she was a graduate of the University of Minnesota in physical education. She taught at various locations in the United States and in Mexico City for one summer and was a recreation director for the USO in Hawaii during World War II. She had the distinction of being the first female USO worker in Honolulu after Pearl Harbor, arriving there in May 1942. She met her husband, Bill, in Honolulu and married in 1945. They returned “stateside” in 1949 to Lebanon, Ill., with the family now consisting of daughter Bette, and stepsons Peter and Mikal. She taught a wide variety of subjects besides physical education, including swimming and hula.
Dottie and her family moved to San Antonio, texas in 1957 and she resided there until 1995. She and her husband loved to travel and did so extensively.
In May of 1995 she moved to Dayton, Ohio and in 2000 she moved to Friends Care in Yellow Springs, Ohio to be near her daughter, Bette. She will be remembered at Friends Care for her many sayings: “I feel like a nickel half spent,” “4-0,” “Do you like your job or do you need to eat?” While at Friends she taught exercise classes and was still giving hula lessons. She loved being outside and going for a walk remained her favorite activity next to reading.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Bette Kelley and Wayne Gulden; her grandson and his spouse, Trey Kelley and Kathy Stone; great granddaughter, Avery Stone, her stepson and his spouse, Mikal and Aggie Barnett and their children, Mike Jr. and Kathy, Maureen and Sean, Father Daniel, Sheila and Aaron, Patrick and Rebecca, and a host of great grandchildren in Washington State, her niece Mrs. Darold Strand of St. Louis, Mo., and two nephews, Peter and Danny Nylin of Minneapolis and their children.
Bette and Wayne would like to give their heartfelt thanks to everyone at Friends Care for creating a vibrant atmosphere for their residents as well as providing them with the utmost care in a loving environment.
Those desiring may send a donation in her memory to:
Friends Care Community
150 E. Herman Street
Yellow Springs, OH, 45387 http://www.friendshealthcare.org