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Dorothy Ditzig of Benton died peacefully on July 8, 2013 at Saline Memorial Hospice. She was 79 and had lived at Fox Ridge Senior Living for several years.
She was a member of Holland Chapel Baptist Church in Benton.
Dorothy Corrine Jenkins was born into a rural life in Glen Rose during the Depression on Dec. 19, 1933. She developed into an independent thinker and an international explorer. After graduating from Glen Rose High School, she attended Draughanâ€™s business college in Little Rock and worked as an executive assistant at Alcoa where she and her husband of 49 years, Ray Ditzig, both worked and retired.
Dorothy enjoyed playing guard during high school basketball, sewing, playing piano, singing in the choir, gardening, genealogical research, metal detecting, cruises, drawing, humor, collecting crystals and, most importantly, giving to others. She also had a tremendous love for animals.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Curtis and Hester Jenkins of Malvern, and a brother, Winston Jenkins of Magnet Cove.
She is survived by her sisters, Helen Robertson and husband Kenneth of Malvern, Charlotte Walters and husband Jim of Malvern, Virginia Rudolph and husband Gary of Glenwood; a brother, Leon Jenkins and wife Pat of Malvern; a daughter, Leslee Spraggins and husband John of Northport, Mich.; sons, Michael Ditzig and wife Enrico of New York City and James Ditzig and wife Mary of North Little Rock; grandchildren, Lindsey, Lauren, Lacy and Blythe; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral for for Dorothy will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, at Holland Chapel in Benton. A graveside service for family members will be held at Big Creek Cemetery following the service at Holland Chapel.
Viewing and family visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, July 15, at Roller Ballard Funeral Home in Benton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the music program at Holland Chapel Baptist Church.
Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard