Mrs. Dorothea Hormel Dier

Mrs. Dorothea Hormel Dier

6/4/2013

Let us remember with thanksgiving the life of Dorothea Dier, widow of the late Rev. John Raymond Dier. Mrs. Dier died on June 4, 2013 at 92 years of age. Notice of her death was sent to Sally Truglia, NYAC benefits administrator this week and forwarded to the conference secretary. We have been unable to locate an obituary, but several remembrances of Dorothea are found in Rev. Dier’s memoir (1989 Conference Journal & Yearbook, pages 305-6).

“Ray married Dorothea Hormel in 1943 at the Kings Highway Methodist Church in Brooklyn. The ceremony was performed by Dr. Arch Tremayne, pastor and friend…Ray died April 17, 1989 of heart failure. He leaves his wife, Dorothea, of Summit, New Jersey” (no indication regarding children). “Ray was at peace in the out-of-doors. He was an avid hiker. He and beloved wife, Dorothea, had walked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon in Arizona…and to the top of Mount Whitney in California. Both looked forward to the coming of summer when they regularly spent a month in a small cabin on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park in Montana. By day they hiked miles through the pristine beauty of the park over trails they had come to know by heart.” Dorothea supported Ray’s ministry through all his appointments: East Meadow and Brooklyn: First; Brooklyn: Janes; and Brooklyn: Ocean Parkway (for 23 ½ years). “In 1970 Ray gave up his work at Ocean Parkway because of his wife’s health…In 1971 Ray and Dorothea moved to NJ…”

Dorothea Hormel Dier did not earn her salvation, but may the favor of our Redeemer bless her forever for her faith in God, the love of her husband and their ministry to the church!