Dorothy May Covert, 92, was called into the loving arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.
She was born April 20, 1921, in Detroit, Mich.
Dorothy moved to their Florida home from Royal Oak, Mich., in 1981, with her husband Walter Donald Covert. She retired from Hudson’s Department Store in Michigan, and while in North Port, Fla., she worked for Carol Nagles at Good Shepherd Bulk and Natural Food Store in Warm Mineral Springs, Fla. Dorothy and Carol remained friends, as had many others she worked with in her volunteer services.
She was one of 20 winners of The Golden Rule Award, receiving a $1,000 check, a Waterford Crystal Flame, and a letter from President Bill Clinton. The $1,000 was given to Meals on Wheels, where she baked and cooked for more than 12 years. Talented in so many ways, Dorothy loved to play the organ, and was an active member of the North Port and Venice Organ Clubs; and in her spare time, she would knit blankets for her church to give to those in need.
Dorothy was a dedicated volunteer at The Salvation Army in Port Charlotte, Fla., and when Hurricane Charley destroyed it, the ladies kept up the “Lunch Bunch” to meet once a month, and tried their best to “Do Lunch” at every restaurant in Port Charlotte and North Port. The love of her family and every new baby born was a joy for her.
She is survived by her children, Dorothy “DJ” Covert, Barbara Jo Young and James Neal Covert; six grandchildren, Trisha (Paul) Hodson, Carrie (Curtis) Bailey, Miles Young, Ian Young, Neal Covert and Griffin Covert; five great-grandchildren, James (Nichole) Cotte, John Cotte, David Bailey, Seraiah Bailey and Covert Bailey; two great-great-grandsons, Hunter Cotte and Remington Cotte; and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; three sisters, Miriam, Virginia and Margaret; and her brother, Donald.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at North Port Community United Church of Christ. Contributions may be made in Dorothy’s honor to: North Port Community United Church of Christ, 3450 S. Biscayne Drive, North Port, FL 34287; or North Port Performing Arts, 6400 W. Price Blvd., North Port, FL 34291.