Obituary of Dorothy Anne (Hayes) Leathers


Leathers, Dorothy Anne (Hayes) of Minneapolis passed away peacefully on September 17, 2021, aged 91. Her children had the privilege of being with their beloved mother for the two weeks leading up to her passing. Dorothy attended elementary school at a one-class school in Hamel, MN; high school at Wayzata High School; and college at the University of Minnesota, earning BS, BA, and MA degrees. She taught for 34 years in elementary schools in Robbinsdale District 281, primarily as a fourth grade teacher, and also as a German assistant for the district. She was a finalist for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 1969. Dorothy immersed herself in the politics of the LDF: Northside, Minneapolis and the State. It has been delegated to the state convention on several occasions; and served as Don Fraser’s mayoral campaign treasurer among many other party roles. She also loved her Northside community and worked to make it safe, starting the Thomas-Upton Neighborhood Club and creating a community garden. She won the Minneapolis Award for Civic Engagement in 1993. In 1996, she was a recipient of Eleven Who Care, which recognized the contributions of base volunteers in the KARE 11 Observation Area. retired from teaching in 1987, she hasn’t slowed down. She has traveled to the United States and Europe, acted and wrote scripts for Story Theater, and won the MN Senior Spelling Bee Championship more than once. She developed her artistic talent through lessons and became a skilled watercolorist; his paintings won first place at the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts and Artists of Minnesota. His other activities and interests included working for peace and justice and anti-nuclear activism; music (she played piano and guitar), flower gardening, a mystery book club, and reading. Dorothy attended the Newman Center Church on the University campus until it closed; then worshiped at St. Frances Cabrini in southeast Minneapolis. She really loved Cabrini and his active and compassionate congregation. She served on the justice and peace committee of Cabrini for several years and participated in the liturgical, educational and social life of the congregation. Together with her friend Rosemary, she ran the annual Cabrini Art Fair and Sale. Dorothy is survived by her son Thomas Leathers and daughter Ruth Leathers (Cliff Tessling); sister-in-law Elizabeth Leathers and brother-in-law Robert Leathers; nephews Bill (Vi) Leathers and David (Marina) Ford; and niece Deb (Todd) Rediger. She was predeceased by her mother Albertina (Fortin) Hayes, her father Clarence Hayes, her husband William B. Leathers and her niece Beth Leathers. Many thanks to Dorothy’s friends at St. Frances Cabrini for their loving concern for her over the past four years; and to the staff of Catholic Eldercare for their competent and attentive care. There will be visitation on Thursday, September 30, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Gearty-Delmore Funeral Chapel, 3888 W Broadway, Robbinsdale; and Friday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., St Frances Cabrini Church, 1500 Franklin Ave SE, Minneapolis. A funeral mass for Dorothy will be celebrated on Friday, October 1 at 11:00 a.m. at St Frances Cabrini Church, 1500 Franklin Ave SE, Minneapolis. Masks are strongly encouraged during visits and mass. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to St. Frances Cabrini Church, 1500 Franklin Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414; or Catholic Charities, Development Department, 1200 2nd Av S, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Gearty-Delmore 763-537-4511 gearty-delmore.com

Posted on September 26, 2021

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