Dorothy Mae Dove Carty, 91, of Wilkesboro passed away April 24, 2021. Dorothy was born Dec. 26, 1929, in Abingdon, Va., to Leslie and Dosha Dove. She married the love of her life, Hoover Carty, Dec. 17, 1949.
Perhaps unbeknownst to the majority of the world, Dorothy had superpowers. On the outside, she appeared meek, mild and simple. This was merely a disguise hiding the power that lay beneath. These secret skills changed the lives of those around her. She could see the beauty and worth in items others would overlook. She would see furniture that others viewed as old and dingy and make it new again. She could enter any dollar store and leave with countless treasures. She could take a few staples from a pantry and turn it into a delicious meal. She could spot costume jewelry that others would pass by and wear it with the sophistication of a New York fashionista. And in an almost miraculous way, she could grow the loveliest roses that were a beacon of beauty to those who passed her home.
But even more impressive than that, Dorothy could see the potential, worth and good in others. She believed in others even when they did not believe in themselves. Anyone spending any amount of time with Dorothy walked away knowing they were appreciated and cared for. Whether in her service as a teacher, nurse assistant, machinist, farmer or her years of volunteering, Dorothy always saw the best in people. In a world that too often feels cynical, critical and selfish, Dorothy used her superpower of optimism and unconditional love to impact the lives of those in which she came in contact. Truly, the world is brighter for this.
But of all Dorothy’s superpowers, her family would agree that her ability to love and serve her family unconditionally was her strongest. She loved telling stories and sharing pictures of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews and cousins. If any of her grandchildren had a ballgame, concert, graduation ceremony or event, she would always be found in the audience supporting them. She enjoyed family reunions as much as any holiday and looked forward to any trip to visit family members. No matter the cost, Dorothy would always put her family ahead of herself. In that way, she embodied the love of Christ.
Dorothy’s laughter was infectious, and her hospitality knew no bounds. She found joy in life’s simple pleasures — gardening, ice cream, her favorite jewelry, gospel music and time spent with her sisters. To be around her for any length of time at all, one would know she was a woman filled with love for others and a joy
In addition to her parents and husband, Dorothy was preceded in death by her daughter, Sharon Carty Kyle; her grandson, William Keith Kyle; and her brothers, Jimmy and Homer Dove. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Esther and Lawrence Elledge; her son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Doris Carty; grandchildren, Kevin Kyle, Kim Shue, Laura Papsun and Adam Elledge; step-grandchild Chastity Kyle; sisters, Wanda LaBella and Ava Call; 16 great-grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins whom she cherished.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 28 at Mountlawn Memorial Park with the Rev. Glenn Dancy III and Rev. David Dyer officiating. The family requests those attending to wear a mask. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fairplains Baptist Church’s Prayer Garden Fund or to the Ruby Purdue Blackburn Adult Day Care Center.