Dorothy Galloway's life celebrated at memorial service - – Rockford’s News Leader

Dorothy Galloway's life celebrated at memorial service


Just 3 weeks ago, at the intersection of Spring Creek Road and North 2nd Street, 65-year-old Dorothy Galloway was killed.

Her vehicle was hit head on when 18-year-old Dontrell Littleton lost control of the stolen car he was driving.

Dorothy's funeral services were held earlier this month in Wisconsin.  But her Rockford family was still in mourning.

"There's so many people that have such a huge hole in their hearts where Dorothy filled," says Cindy Jensen, one of Dorothy's many friends.

Those who worked for, volunteered with, or simply were touched by Dorothy's kindness pack the Prairie Street Brewhouse for a memorial service.

Dorothy spent nearly all of her free time helping out with non-profit organizations, like Motherhouse, The AIDS Care Network, and Crusader Clinic.

"She really gave her life to any cause, any charity. always wanting to give and that's kind of a rare spirit you find these days," says Heather McKellips, Dorothy's niece.  

Even though Dorothy is gone, her spirit remains. Those who knew her are taking her life mission, and making it their own.

Jensen says, "I have found myself over the last several days when I go to do something, I think, "What would Dorth do?"

Kay Larrik has coined another phrase, 'Go forth in Dorth.'
"I think it would be a great movement to spread. If you see somewhere you could help. Somewhere where something's needed, just go forth and do it. She a lot of times never waited to be asked, she just saw a need and jumped in and did it."

"That's exactly what my aunt would want, is not to remember her so much, but to remember the work she did and carry that on," says McKellips. "So my hope is that by talking about what she did, other people will get involved, and I think that would really make it for her."

Dorothy's husband Ed Riddle was seriously injured in the accident . He is still in the intensive care unit at OSF Saint Anthony Hospital.

Money donated to the Dorothy Galloway memorial fund at Alpine Bank will go toward his medical expenses.

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