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Dorothy Ann Dille
Our beloved mother and grandmother went home peacefully on Dec. 6 after a long, courageous battle. Dottie was born the fifth of nine children on August 25, 1937, in Baltimore, Maryland. After high school, she began her career as a Bell telephone operator and met her life-long best friend, Erma Placzkowski. The friendship they built and the love of Ermaís family were the foundation of Momís beliefs in how she loved and nurtured her family.
In 1959, she married Ronald F. McKay and moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she started her family, always striving to instill the best qualities in her children. Mom was a true believer in hard work, honesty, respect, perseverance and consideration for others. Mom lived in Chicago for over 45 years and eventually retired from AT&T.
Her health became an issue when it was determined that she would have to begin renal dialysis. This lasted four and a half years, but she always took excellent care of herself. In June of 1999 she was informed she would receive a kidney transplant at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. For this we would like to express our undying gratitude to Nicholas Matthew. His beautiful gift allowed her to share 13 more extraordinary years with her family. We would also like to convey our appreciation to the Transplant Coordination Team in Madison for all of the exemplary care and encouragement they gave her. In her gratitude, she made sure that she took exceptional care of her gift. In 2003, she moved to Lakeway, Texas to be closer to her beloved family.
She is preceded in death by her mother Barbara, her father Albert, and her siblings Barbara, John, Carroll, Edward, and Joseph. She is survived by her children Mary Mullins of Pensacola, Florida, Ronald McKay (Colleen) of North Dighton, Massachusetts, Lisa Webb (Tom), of Lakeway, Texas, and Leigh Ann Toste (Carlos) of Lexington, South Carolina. She was a loving grandmother to seven grandchildren: Jeremy, Kate, Dean, Riley, Kassidy, Samantha, Nathan, and two great-grand children Faryn and Bailey. She is survived by her sister Mary Cutler (Murray), her brothers Albert Severn (Beverly) and William Severn, her niece Carol Lynn Williams (Carol Lee), her nephew Michael Cutler (Gwen), her great-nephew Evan and her great-nieces Michelle and Meaghan. Dottie was a dear friend to many and touched more lives than can be listed here.
Visitation was held at 1 p.m. with services following at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11 at Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis, Lakeway, Texas.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to The National Kidney Foundation (www.nkft.org).

Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis, 411 Ranch Road 620 South, Lakeway, Texas 78734 (512) 263-1511. Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com

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  1. Teresa A Severn-Bromaghim says:

    I wish to convey my sadness at stumbling upon this news article to learn the passing of my Aunt Dorothy. I didn’t get to see her much growing up at all. I do recall one of my fondest 4th of July memories. It was this day in which I got to experience the loving warmth she offered me as a young girl. Having suffered such tragedy of the loss of my father when I was merely 5 it’s old, I had carried a sense of sadness in my heart, especially in the presence of his siblings that I wasn’t familiar with. However, Aunt Dorothy didn’t venture to far from my side that day. I remember helping her put more black olives out in a dish. I had never seen a black olive before. I tasted one & I gather that Aunt Dorothy sensed how tasty my new experience was for she told me it was ok to eat some more. “Eat as many as you wish, Teresa!, I like them too” She made me feel just as normal as everyone else, which was a tough feeling for me to allow myself to experience. I can hear the laughter in the yard as a good backyard game of football ensued. I can feel my own sense of freedom I felt as I began to let my surrounding walls come tumbling down. Her smile was genuine. In a time when many adults would smile in my presence yet soon whisper as I left the room, her genuine warmth, concern, & kindness meant so much to me. I had wished for the chance to express to her for many many yrs to come. Mary, I believed it was you who became an RN. I was quite young, so please forgive me if I’m mistaken. Grandma Severn proudly showed me a picture of a young woman wearing her Nursing cap in her graduation photo. I remember it so well that it was one of the inspirations for me to become a nurse and earn my own graduation photo wearing my Nurse’s cap. Tonight, I celebrated my 23rd wedding Anniversary to my husband Robert. I am a grandmother of a 10 baby girl, as well as a mother to my 9 yr old son. I wish that time had not slipped from my fingers as it did. I will chat w Aunt Dorothy if she has a free moment so I can let her spirit know how she shined a light on my life during a very dark time. It might have been a brief moment in time, but the light helped guide me for many years to come. I heard of the renal failure &. Hope to find out if there was any known etiology that could explain its manifestation. It was this past summer when I recently began gaining 25lbs+ overnight due to fluid retention. Primary CHF was not effective as my nursing exp expected it to be. Your loss is so recent. I know the difficulty in trying to relearn life as you knew it to the life as it is today, without the physical presence of a mother’s unconditional love. I hope peace swiftly finds all of you & provides you the comfort you need. Just know that while you’re life has been turned upside down & there may be moments that you don’t even recognize yourself in the mirror, some things have remained the same. The love from other funnily members, friends, our spouses & partners, our children & grandchildren are still there. May that be the light to help you thru this dark time in your life. My deepest sympathies & prayers! Teresa Severn, oldest daughter of Joseph Leo Severn (deceased 4/1/1974)

  2. Leigh Toste says:

    Teresa,

    Thank you for your kind words and prayers. I know my mother was very close to your father.. now, thankfully they will be able to share years and stories together. She loved your father dearly. It has been 6 months today since she has left this Earth, but she still remains in all our hearts.

    Thank you for your very touching story. It speaks volumes of her character, unconditional love and her sincerity in everything she did.

    Leigh Toste (daughter)

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