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Dorothy Jean Secrist

May 1, 1938 - February 21, 2019


Sayre, Pennsylvania

Date of Death:

February 21, 2019



Birth Date:

May 1, 1938

Birth Place:

Sayre, Pennsylvania

Service Information:

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York


Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 11 to 2 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, New York


Wilawana Cemetery, Sayre, Pennsylvania

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Dorothy Jean Secrist

Dorothy Jean Secrist, 80, of Sayre went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.

She was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Lula Blauvelt Scudder; husband of 49 years, Dale Secrist; mother and father-in-law, Gilda and Albert Weber; father-in-law, Roy Secrist; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Arlene Utter;  and niece, Lucinda Brown.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Pamela Secrist of Sayre, Jeffrey (Heather) Secrist of Sayre, Jennifer (Michael) Hannis of Sayre and James (Stacey) Secrist of Sayre; brother, Donald (Della) Scudder of Sayre; sister-in-law, Lillian (Wayne) Schoppe of TN; grandchildren, Benjamin (Katie) Secrist of Sayre and Shelby Secrist of Barton; great grandchildren, Paige, Gabriel, Zoey and Ivy; special cousins, Shirley (Bob) Hammond, Marilyn (Dick) Hadlock, Beverly (Ken) Wolcott; special friends, Ursula Eiklor, Imogene Parris, Shirley Curtis and Judy Burnett; special nieces, Karen, Bernice and Charlene; special nephews, Todd, Wayne and Neil; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Dorothy graduated from Athens High School in 1956.  She went on to work as a surgical secretary at the Robert Packer Hospital until Pam was born.  Her and her husband, Dale, owned and operated the Athens Home Center for 19 years. She was one of the founding members of the Athens Township Volunteer Fireman’s Auxiliary.  Dorothy was on the election board in Athens Township for 25 years, played organ at Wellsburg UM Church for 5 years, Athens Presbyterian Church for 16 years, at Wilawana UM Church since she was a teenager and at the Church of God since September of 2016.  She was an active member of the Wilawana UM Church and was a former Sunday School teacher, a communion steward and she held many offices in the church. She was a member of the Red Hat Society for many years.  

A time of calling will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 11 to 2 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, NY.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, NY with Rev. Helen Learn officiating.  Burial will be in the spring in Wilawana Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  Memorial donations may be made in Dorothy’s name to Wilawana UM Church, 1192 Wilawana Road, Sayre, PA  18840.  Those wishing to send a message of sympathy may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at


Sympathy Messages

From:  Valerie Spencer
So sorry for the families loss.

From:  Teresa Greg Rinebold
We are so sorry.

From:  Chuck Carver
God has called a true angel home.  We became fast friends these past 3 years during my service at Wilawana UMC.  A kind and loving lady who will be so dearly missed in our church and our community.   Prayers to the family.

From:   Nancy Griffin
To my dear friend Pam (and her family), I send my prayers and thoughts. Your Mom was such a caring and giving person and oh how I loved her laugh.
Love to all

From:   Ruth Owen
My life was made richer by knowing Dorothy.  She was a wonderful lady who loved helping others. Yes, God has called his angel home.   Her loving memory will live with us forever.

From:   Teresa Gorman
Jen I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was such a nice lady and always had a smile on her face. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

From:   Donnie & Della
R.I.P to my wonderful sister.

From: Mary Juda Tokos
Sincere condolences to the Secrist family!

To all of Dorothy's Family.  We were so sorry to hear of her passing.  You are all in Our Thoughts and Prayers especially during this difficult time.
I remember Dorothy as my Sunday School Teacher when we  lived in Wilawana.  She will certainly be missed by a lot of people.

From: Toni Shaw
Pam so sorry to hear about your mom.  I think about you guys often and the fun we used to have when I did the Pampered Chef shows at your house.  Sending Hugs your way. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.

From:   Ronald-Beverly Bleiler
Mike and Jenny:
Ron and I were so sorry to learn of your mother's passing.  She was a truly nice person.  We got to know her when she owned the Athens Home Center.  She was always very gracious, very kind and extremely helpful. 
We believe in Angels and we know that you do too and we believe that Angels are watching over you. 
With our deepest sympathy, Ron and Beverly

From:   Tammy Keir Rogers
Pam, Jeff, Jennifer and Jamie - sending many hugs and prayers to you all and your families.  I have fond memories of your mom from way back when through the present.  Such a sweet, wonderful lady!  Hang on to all your wonderful memories to get you through this difficult time

From:   Guy E DeWitt
My sincere condolences to the whole family. She was a great lady. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

VFW Post 1536
Message: Please accept our deepest sympathy.

From:  Marc, Joan Stroker

Sorry to hear of your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

From:   Kathie Rudloff
Jen, Mike and family. I'm very sorry for your loss. I've met your mom a few times over the years and she had a special way about her.  She made you feel like a good friend instead of an acquaintance.  I know she will be sorely missed. She was certainly well loved by you both. Sincerely, Kathie

From:   Mary Bidlack
Pamela and family,
Our family's deepest condolences on the loss of your mother.  May you be surrounded with the loving support and strength of family and friends at this painful time.

Mary Beth  and Bob Bidlack and family

From:  Ken and Marlene Day
To the family of DorothyJean.  We were very sad to hear of our cousin’s passing.  She was a special person and I remember lots of good times with her when we lived in New York.  Your family is in our thoughts and prayers

From:  Rick & Lori Shay

We're so sorry to hear about your mom's passing.  You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers - Rick & Lori

From:  Ronald Cole
My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult.  I my time of knowing Dorothy, all I can say is what a kind, and thoughtful person she was.  She was a wonderful person to know, and I always looked forward to see her at the Wilawana Old Home Days.  What a great memory!

From:  Dr.& Mrs. Ed Jones
We were so sorry to learn of your mother's passing.  We always enjoyed meeting her at the Athens Home Center.  Your family members helped us many times on projects we did in our home.  They truly were a hub of information for all the residents of Athens.
We send our deepest sympathy and prayers to all of you.
Dr. Ed & Kate Jones

From:  Joan Macafee
I will surely miss Dorothy's friendliness and happy face whenever we would meet.  We were close friends and classmates for 6 years at McDuffee Street School, and we graduated from Athens High School together.  She faithfully used her musical talent through many years of serving the Lord. She will be missed.  Sincere sympathy to her children and loved ones.

From:  Shannon McCormick
My heart is heavy at the loss of such a wonderful woman.  Sending love and strength your way and prayers to get you through.

From:  Barb Goodman
So sorry for your loss . Your mom was a very special lady . She always had a smile and a kind word no matter what was going on in life. I will and have missed seeing her.

From:  Diane Blackwell-Hutsick
To Dorothy's family: My deepest sympathy on the loss of such a kind and loving lady.  I have many fond memories of good times with Dorothy at the Athens Presbyterian Church.  She often brought her delicious homemade applesauce to covered dish dinners and would let me take the leftover home.  Sometimes she even brought me my own jar!  Her talent as organist (at three churches!)is a great loss.  She will be deeply and lovingly missed.  Sincerely, Diane

From:  Kim and Dennis Stoddard
Our condolences to the family. We are very sorry for your loss.

From:  Suzi Robbins
I am so sad to hear of her passing. What a wonderful woman. I had the pleasure of knowing her through Janet LaRock. I just came across this today, so I'm letting you all know that I am sending my deepest condolences.  Fly high beautiful lady.

From:  Jack Mitchell
For most of the last 80 years you've been in my heart and on my mind.  The first girl I kissed in the furnace room in the community hall a long time ago.,  My dance partner for square dancing, and waltzing.  Rode the school bus, sat in the same class rooms, we were friends that just didn't stop.  God Bless your return home, I'll be listening for the piano to make sure you got there.  Hope you can come see me when I'm ending my journey.  Sleep well in the arms of Jesus/ Love Jack mitchell

From:  Bruce and Phoebe Blauvelt
My memories are of Dorothy Jean's friendly disposition and welcoming greeting.
Prayers and thoughts are with you.

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