Dorothy passed away on September 6, 2019, surrounded by loving family. The second youngest of six children, she was born in Elgin, Illinois, on January 31, 1923, to William and Anna Laura Chapman. She married her high school sweetheart, Donald Corrigan, a WWII veteran, in 1947 in the Graham Taylor Chapel at the University of Chicago. After earning a Master’s Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago, Dorothy began her career by working in the South Side of Chicago. Within a few years, she moved with her young family to Seattle, where she cherished her role as homemaker and eventual mother of five.
Child welfare was a passion for Dorothy that inspired a lifetime of volunteer service. In the early 1960s, she served as President of the Roundtable of Auxiliaries for Overlake Hospital, and as a board member of the Medina Children’s Service, Bellevue branch. In 1967, after Don’s Boeing career relocated the family to Florida, Dorothy was awarded a Citation for Service to the Underprivileged of Brevard County, Florida, for her creation of a pre-Kindergarten program for children of poor families of color. Years later, after Don’s passing, she returned to work, eventually retiring from her position as a social worker in Children’s Protective Services with the State of Washington.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Don, the love of her life, and by her beloved oldest daughter, Donna Anne, as well as by her parents and her five siblings.
She is survived by her children, Shawn (Bethany), Lorna (Ken), Lisa (Rick), and Shannon (Kiny), along with her five grandchildren, Nicole (Mike), Donovan, Conor, Rachel and Ahana, her step-grandson, Lance, and her two great-grandchildren, Kendra and Audrey. Her many nephews and nieces were a great source of joy to her throughout her life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to support Women’s and Infants’ Care at Overlake Hospital. The family can be contacted through Flintoft’s Funeral Home in Issaquah.