Dorothy's Story

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Dorothy Jane McCauley, 97, passed away on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. She was born on May 24, 1919, to Dorothy Grace and Russell G. Bonham, Sr. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norbert H. McCauley. Jane is survived by her younger sister, Mary Hogge; and her four children, Michael (Peggy) McCauley, Dennis McCauley, Sheila (Tom) Marshall and Marjorie (Harold) Ochstein; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
On May 24, 1919, Jane was the first baby to be born in St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lafayette. The oldest of four girls, she was raised in Mulberry until she reached the age of 12. In the midst of the Great Depression, her family returned to their hometown of Terre Haute. She attended Sarah Scott Junior High School, Wiley High School and graduated from Indiana State Teacher's College in 1941.
Jane taught high school in Redman, IL for 2 years before marrying her high school sweetheart in the Panana Canal Zone in 1943. During WWII, she worked for the US Navy. Following the war, and her husband's death in 1966, she continued raising her four children while teaching in the Panama Canal Zone high schools. Valuing higher education, it was a source of personal pride that she was able to provide for their college educations.
After her retirement in 1982, Jane returned to Indiana and lived in Speedway for eight years. There she volunteered at Indiana University Hospital and was active in the Salvation Army Senior Center. Jane then took up residence in the former home of her grandparents, Donn M. and Mary Grace Roberts, located in the Farrington Grove neighborhood in Terre Haute. For the 20 years that she lived there, she was a member of the Women's Department Club, Fort Harrison Chapter of the DAR and the Presbyterian Church. As a genealogy enthusiast who took great pride in her family's role in Indiana history, and Jane could trace her roots to before the Revolutionary War.
In 2009, she moved to Hendricks County to be closer to her family. There she became active with the Hendricks County Senior Center. She was a kind-hearted woman who always saw the best in everyone. She brought joy to the lives of everyone she met and will be sorely missed.
Per her wishes, Jane was cremated and laid to rest with her husband at St. Joseph's Cemetery. A private, family graveside service was held in her honor. Mattox-Wood Funeral Home was honored to assist with arrangements. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mattoxwood.com
Published on October 25, 2016
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