Wednesday, January 9, 2019, Heaven gained a 4’ 9 and ½ inch (she always made sure you knew about the ½ inch) angel with an attitude, Dorothy Kelly. She had celebrated her 96th birthday on December 28th. A few short days later she left this earth to be with the Lord.
Dorothy Hildegarde was born on December 28, 1922, along with her twin sister, Bernadette (Bernie) to John and Anna Seubert. She was raised on the family farm with her nine brothers and sisters near Cottonwood. Working hard and looking after others were principles instilled in her by her parents and siblings; and she continued to do just that for her entire life. Helping and serving others was something that brought Dorothy much joy. She often spoke of growing up on the family farm, where she delivered milk before and after school each day, in addition to the many other chores that come along with farm life.
Dorothy graduated from high school in Cottonwood, and shortly thereafter, in 1942, Dorothy and Bernie started their first job in the Camas Café in Cottonwood. After spending some time there, they began working at the Crystal Bar in Cottonwood. They remained there, working with Bernie’s husband, Deward Tipton, until his death in 1966. Dorothy married H.G. Kelly in 1959; they were later divorced.
The Crystal Bar was moved to a larger building on Main Street in Cottonwood, which was the beginning of the “Twins Crystal Bar.” The Twins became the hot spot on the Prairie until it burned down in the late 70s. Dorothy then went to work for Carl Kilwein at the Stockman’s Bar. Dorothy and Bernie purchased the Stockman’s Bar and renamed it The Twins Bar – a place where much fun was had and many memories were made. Dorothy and Bernie remained at that location until they retired in 1998. Dorothy loved the many friends she made in her 50 plus years of service and held those memories close to her heart.
Dorothy loved her children and grandchildren very much and was always willing to do what she could to help. She also enjoyed walking, working in her yard and baking. She was a wonderful cook and loved sweets. She would turn down food but never a dessert!
After retirement, Dorothy and Bernie spent many years living together in Cottonwood. They moved to Boise a few years ago to be with Bernie’s daughter, Jackie, where they were loved and cared for by Jackie and her husband, Billy. Dorothy moved to Ashley Manor, an assisted living facility in Boise and Bernie joined her there in the summer of 2016. Dorothy and Bernie were, and always will be, inseparable. In fact, those who know the twins probably cannot remember a time where they saw one without the other, with their identical outfits, jewelry, and hair; kind demeanors; and sassy attitudes.
Dorothy is survived by her lifelong partner, twin sister, and best friend Bernie; three children: Wayne Kelly, Jim Kelly, and Debbie (Roy) Schumacher; grandchildren: Randi Schumacher (Travis Hogg), Cody Schumacher, Jordan Kelly, Brian Wassmuth, and Jennifer Charlo; and her extended family of Billy Bair, Jesse (Eunjoo) Bair, and Cody (Juanita) Bair.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, John and Anna Seubert; sisters: Ann Puthoff, Phyliss Crist, and Julia Bosse; and brothers: Matt Seubert, Eugene Seubert, Dominic Seubert, John L. Seubert, Bernard Seubert and her very special niece, Jackie Bair (Tipton).
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