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Dorothy M. Hines

September 7, 1926 ~ September 21, 2017 (age 91)


Cadillac, Michigan - Dorothy May Hines passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Thursday, September 21, 2017 after a brief illness. She was 91.

Dorothy was born on September 7, 1926 in Hartford, Illinois, to Adolf and Roxie Janson. She married Burton A. Hines on June 16, 1946, and they spent 66 wonderful years together before his passing on November 2, 2012. She is survived by their six children, Burt (Peggy) Hines of Cadillac, Michael (Joan) Hines of Cheshire, CT, Barb (Jan) Orbom) of Captain Cook, Hawaii, Jan (Chuck) Kelly of Cadillac, Laura Deck of Oxford, MI and Kris Hines of Amityville, NY. Dorothy also cherished her time with her grandchildren, Kathi (Rick) Kohler, Eric (Rachel) Hines, David (Brooke) Hines, Sara Hines, Leif Orbom, Steve (Courtney) Hines, Katy (Dan) Beebe, Jennifer Orbom, Danielle (Lucas) Evans, Elizabeth Hines (fiance Mike Rosenthal), Charlie Kelly, and Mackenzie, Carson, and Easton Deck, as well as her 20 great-grandchildren. Dorothy is also survived by a brother, Jim Janson, and a sister, Barb (Jack) Dillon. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Edna and grandsons Christopher and Kevin.

Dorothy was swept off her feet by her beloved Burt shortly after graduating high school in Nokomis, Illinios.  Their love and commitment to each other was apparent even in their early life together, as Dorothy raised four young children while Burt worked and went to night school to earn his law degree. Dorothy always had a servant heart, and she helped run Hines and Hines Attorneys and Northern Counties Title Company alongside her husband and son in Cadillac, MI for many years.

Dorothy was adored and will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.  It only took one visit to feel the genuine love that Dorothy had for all people.  A member of Temple Hill Baptist Church for more than 40 years, Dorothy’s love for the Lord was like a beacon that encouraged others to find their way to Him as well.

Dorothy’s greatest joy was spending time with her loved ones. She was a remarkable mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend. She kept your favorite pop in her fridge for when you might drop by, and who could resist the candy dish?  Cooking was a gift that Dorothy shared with many over the years, and her always growing family loved gathering at her beloved home. If you invited her, she would come! Dorothy joined her children and grandchildren for special occasions near and far.  Whether it was a birthday party 10 minutes away, across the country, or a trip to China, Switzerland, England, or Scotland, Dorothy was up for the adventure.  You always knew that you were important to her, whether playing Minute Men, enjoying weekly Scrabble Night, taking a shopping trip, having a lunchtime visit, or building magnet cars on the floor, Dorothy focused on you and the moment, making every second special.

The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.


In lieu of flowers the family asks for contributions in her memory to Munson Hospice Cadillac.



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