May 28, 1939 ~ March 2, 2020

Born in: Franklin, Indiana
Resided in: Indianapolis, Indiana

Dorothy “Dottie” Lea Kirkwood, 80, of Indianapolis IN passed away Monday, March 2, 2020 in Indianapolis.

Dottie was born on May 28, 1939 in Franklin IN to the late Fred and Marie Pemberton.  She was preceded in death by her husband Fred Kirkwood, brothers Freddie and Bobbie Pemberton and son-in-law Steve Streit.  She is survived by sister Ann Burton (Robert), son Jeff Kirkwood, daughter Susan Streit, son Mike Kirkwood, son Aaron Kirkwood (Deanna), daughter Sharon Johnson (Joe) and grandchildren David, Phillip (Britany) and Elaine Kirkwood; Christine Major and Alyssa Beall (Garrett); Jewel Kirkwood; Ella and Carly Kirkwood; Becca, Jojo and Zachary Johnson; great grandchildren Raylee Kirkwood and Lylah Beall; many nieces and nephews.

Dottie was a homemaker, first and foremost, and worked for the Indiana Department of Correction.  A long-time member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, she was active as a leader in children’s ministry, Bible school and many food programs. She was an avid and talented seamstress.  She loved attending her children and grandchildren’s programs and enjoyed traveling with friends.  Her home and table were always open to guests, and many friends of her children became her “adopted” kids.  She even managed to complete some college classes as an adult.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 11:00 am until the time of the service at 1:00 pm at Calvary United Methodist Church, 725 S. State Ave in Indianapolis, followed by burial at Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary UMC to support children’s ministry and to organizations that support lymphoma research.


Visitation: March 7, 2020 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Calvary United Methodist Church
725 S. State Ave
Indianapolis, IN

Funeral Service: March 7, 2020 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Calvary United Methodist Church
725 S. State Ave
Indianapolis, IN

Graveside Service: March 7, 2020 3:00 pm

Washington Park East Cemetery
10722 E. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46229

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  1. I used to sit next to her at St. Andrew and I think she knew every hymn in the hymnal. She was such a special lady. Heaven did indeed gain an angel.

  2. I remember serving alongside Dorothy at Calvary, she was a huge supporter of the youth group before, during and after Sandy and I were the youth leaders back in the early ’70s. I learned many things about living the Christian life from her. Calvary has lost another Christian warrior and Heaven has gained another Saint from Calvary United Methodist Church. May the Lord provide comfort and strength to the family as they go through this time of sorrow.

  3. I cannot express the deep appreciation, admiration, and profound love I have for Dottie Kirkwood. She never failed to step up when I needed an adult’s shoulder to cry on, or a boost up. I was a teenage bride & mother. She was invaluable to me.

    If I couldn’t find my son, I knew he was with Mike, either at Dottie’s house or out and about. Their antics kept us close. Oh, the stories!

    I’m thankful that Dottie and I reconnected last year. We chatted about church, our families, and Buddy the invincible mouse, who was the only one of God’s creatures Dottie didn’t love.

    Dottie was determined that each child who attended Wednesday’s Children’s Church ate a healthy meal (only milk, no Koolaid ever), used real dishes and silverware, and learned appropriate table manners. I’m certain her mission will continue to serve Calvary UMC’s neighborhood children, nutritionally and spiritually, as long as financial support exists.

    Dottie, you’ve earned your forever home in Heaven.

    My journey continues. I will miss you forever.

    You never failed to tell me you loved me. You didn’t need to.

    I knew.

  4. Love you Aunt Dot. You are home now in the Beautiful n Amazing Heaven,Rest In Peace.

  5. Dotti was a part of me and Richards life long befor we were married. She was like a second mom to Richard. And having him and Jeff hanging out together couldn’t have been easy. Dotti has always been a blessing to the Shepherd family. Such a special lady.

  6. I, like many others, became part of Dottie’s family. I loved talking to her at get-togethers, playing games, on church trips, and attending events that her grandchildren were involved in. I’ve been blessed to know her and all of her kids. You’ll be missed, Dottie. Enjoy spending time in the presence of Jesus. We’ll all see you again one day. Love you.

  7. I, like many others, became part of Dottie’s family over the past 12 years. I loved talking to her at get-togethers, playing games, on church trips, and attending events her grandchildren were involved in.

    I will miss you. Enjoy being in the presence of Jesus. Say hi to my mom for me. We’ll all see you again one day. I love you.

  8. Sharon,
    Know the kids and I are here for you and I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.

  9. Dorothy was a gem of a person. It was a privilege to be her pastor for a time. She is safe with Jesus now. Brad Miller

  10. My heart is going out to you all during this time.
    I hope you all can find comfort in the wonderful moments you had with her in her last days and I hope those, and knowing she is at peace & watching over you all.
    She was such a wonderful lady & will be missed!

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