Traverse City

WARES, Dorothy Jan 13, 1926 – Apr 5, 2019

TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Our kind, loving mother, grandmother, spiritual sister and dear friend, Dorothy I. (Adams) Wares, 93 years young, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2019. She lived a long, wonderful, fulfilling life.
A native of Traverse City, she was born Jan. 13, 1926 to Emma (Rice) Johnson. She remained in Traverse City the rest of her life, except winters that were spent in Florida.
While working at Parts Manufacturing Company, she met her husband to be, Earl M. Wares, also of Traverse City, and married on Aug. 11, 1945. The two of them had four children whom they raised in a fun, loving, spiritual atmosphere, showing hospitality to strangers and friends, reaping long, lasting friendships.
As the children grew, she and Earl traveled the United States, Canada, Mexico, Asia and Europe, all the while Dorothy adding to her owl collection from each country.
Besides being called the Avon Lady for 35 years, she wanted to be known as a “Bible Educator,” being baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Sept. 24, 1958 and sharing her hope for the Bible-based hope of an earthly resurrection on a paradise earth, referring anyone with questions to jw.org.
She was witty, classy, with a huge sense of humor, making everyone laugh with her stories and exceptional photographic memory, but most of all, very kind.
Born to Dorothy and Earl are Lynette (James) Reed, of Roswell, Georgia, Gregory (Lee Ann Kiel) Wares, of Mancelona, Karen (John) Drayton-Stocker, of Sedona, Arizona, and Lori (Darwin) Wares Wagner, of Traverse City. She had five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her dance partner and beloved husband of 65 years, Earl M. Wares; mother; and brothers, Walter and Terrence Adams.
On Saturday, April 27, the family will receive friends at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses located at 1950 Chase Road, Traverse City, which Dorothy and Earl attended for many years. Family visitation from 2 to 3 p.m. will precede the memorial service at 3 p.m. Due to limited seating, adults only. A celebration of life reception will follow at Kings Court Clubhouse.
Dorothy and the family have asked that donations be made to donate.jw.org. to include disaster relief around the world.

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