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Obituary: Dorothy (Dottie) Phyllis Pratt Haviland

Dorothy (Dottie) Phyllis Pratt Haviland, 96, died in Aumsville, Oregon, on November 15, 2022, after a long and meaningful life. 

Dottie was born in Flint, Michigan, on February 12, 1926. She married her husband, Dick, in 1948, and together they raised three children. After living in Michigan, New York, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, they moved from Green Bay to Sturgeon Bay in 1987, where Dottie lived until 2020.

Dottie was a natural leader. She infused any group or project with energy, enthusiasm, organization, and attention to detail. Over the years, she served as president of her P.E.O. chapter, the PTA, YWCA, and United Methodist Women, to name a few.

Dottie was a lifelong learner who loved to read and travel. She was an active member of her church and PEO chapter. Her other interests included gardening, entertaining, decorating for the seasons and watching the Green Bay Packers. Being an English major, she was also an avid Boggle and Quiddler player. She loved music and drama, singing in a number of church choirs and taking roles in community theater (her favorite being Glenda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz).

Dottie was the quintessential correspondent, quick to send a hand-written note of thanks, encouragement, congratulations, or sympathy. She made it a priority to keep up with her children and grandchildren, through cards, letters, Facebook and phone calls, remembering every special day. Dottie was optimistic and witty, with a deep love of family and a gracious hospitality that made everyone feel special and welcome.

Dottie is preceded in death by her parents; three of her four brothers; her husband, Dick; and her son, Craig. She is survived by her brother Jack, who is 101; her children Lynne (Tim) Seiber and Rick (Michele) Haviland; her former daughter-in-law Susi Haviland; Craig’s partner Diane Willyerd; her grandchildren Jeremy Wyss, Quince Wyss, Aimee Rawlins, Micah (Britta) Rawlins, Paul (Krystle) Haviland, Matthew (Alexa) Rawlins, Mark Rawlins, Richard (Kirsten) Haviland, Kathryn Seiber, and Kevin Haviland; five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is and always will be deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved her.

Her memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 13, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Sturgeon Bay. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, the PEO Continuing Ed Fund, or Cottey College.