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Dorothy E. Owens Soles

August 5, 1918 December 23, 2013
Dorothy E. Owens Soles
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Dorothy E. Owens Soles, 95, of Youngstown, OH, and formerly of the Grampian area, passed away Monday, December 23, 2013 at Austinwoods Nursing Home.
She was born August 5, 1918 in Stronach, PA, a daughter of the late G. Paul and Lydia (Spencer) Curry. She was raised by her mother and step-father, Jerome Galio.
Dorothy was a graduate of Curwensville High School, Class of 1936 and then graduated in 1942 from the Clearfield Hospital, School of Nursing.
She and her husband Alfred then relocated to San Diego in 1943 where she was employed at Mercy Hospital and was involved with the Red Cross blood donor center. They returned to the Youngstown area where Dorothy was employed at the Youngstown Hospital Assoc. Northside Unit as the head nurse in the maternity ward. She was also employed as a nurse on a part time basis with Republic Steel Corp.She then transferred to the South  Side Unit of Y.H.A., where she worked for 24 years, retiring in 1981 as an assistant head nurse.
Dorothy was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women and was honored as the most valiant woman of the church. She was a member of the Mar-Sing Sunday School Class, the Naomi Circle and supervised the church nursery for 18 years. Dorothy was also a member of the Youngstown St. David’s Welsh Society, where she was named welsh woman of the year in 2006; a social member of St. George Croation Home; a member of the Order of Amaranth-Court No. 22; a life member of Miriam Chapter No. 278 of The Order  of Eastern Star; a past pres. Of the Clotilda Club; a member of the steering committee of the retired nurses interest group; a charter member of the Volney Rogers P.T.A.; a member of the P.E.O.(Philosophical Educational Organization); a past pres. of the Westside Band Boosters and was active with the Boy Scouts of America. Dorothy loved to entertain and be around people, especially children. She enjoyed reading, flower gardening and listening to music.
Dorothy’s first husband, Alfred W. Owens, whom she married April 24, 1942, died May 2, 1969. Her second husband, Melvin T. Soles, whom she married April 7, 1973, died May 19, 1992.
She is survived by her son, Dr. Alfred W. (Dawn) Owens, II. of Austintown; her sisters, Annie Lumadue of Clearfield, PA and Erma Carson of Williamsport, PA; her granddaughter, Elisa Owens of Austintown and many nieces and nephews.
Services will held at the Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home. Inc. of Curwensville on Saturday December 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM, with the Reverend Dr. Robert S. Ludrowsky officiating.  Interment will be in the Lumber City Cemetery.
Family and friends will be received at the funeral home from 12:00 Noon until time of services.
There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, Chapel of the Friendly Bells in Youngstown.
 Memorial contributions may be given to the Scholarship Fund of Trinity U.M. Church, 30 W. Front St. Youngstown., OH 44503 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be made to the family at
The Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home, Inc. of Curwensville is in charge of the arrangements.

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