Dorothy Jean Howell Northern


Dorothy Jean Howell Northern passed peacefully in her home Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.

Dorothy was born on Oct. 4, 1928, in Genesee County, New York, a daughter of Edward and Sarah (Patten) Howell.

She was a 1946 graduate of Oakfield High School and was employed with TWA from 1950 to 1956 in Indianapolis.

Dorothy married Hershel M. Northern of Indianapolis on June 5, 1953. Hershel was a 1958 graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary and ministered various Methodist churches in Indiana.

Dorothy was owner and manager of DJ Northern Decorating Center in Columbus Indiana for 19 years. Hershel was also associated with mental health agencies in Columbus.

Dorothy enjoyed sending birthday greetings to family and friends saying “everyone needs recognition of their birthday.” She also enjoyed genealogy, music, gardening, sewing in her younger years, hummingbirds and traveling. Dorothy found traveling with her husband to various countries for work-related conferences a privilege and enjoyed the time immensely.

After her husband passed, Dorothy spent eight years as an Oasis reading mentor to the early elementary school age students, she continued to mentor into her 80s.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband Hershel; and her siblings, James Howell, Mary Komar and Charlotte Cornish.

She is survived by her three children, Sarah (Jeffrey) Busch of Nashville Tennessee, Virgil Northern of Indianapolis, Rebecca (Tim) Bailey of Greenwood; and her grandchildren, Rachel, David and Michael Bailey; and four generations of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers Dorothy requests any honorarium be made in her name to Oakdale Christian Academy. Memorial gifts can be made online at or by sending a check to Oakdale Christian Academy at 5801 Beattyville Road, Jackson, KY 41339.

Finally Dorothy leaves with this final thought John 13: 34-35 “….A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

Services for Dorothy will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 7602 Madison Ave., Indianapolis. Visitation will be 9 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the mortuary. Interment will follow at Washington Park East Cemetery.

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