Dorothy Jean Shank Pelkey

May 16, 1950 - May 28, 2021
Dorothy Jean Shank Pelkey

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Dorothy “Dot” Jean Shank Pelkey, 71, of St. Clairsville, Ohio (raised in Ramsey, Ohio) went home to Jesus on Friday evening, May 28, 2021 after a long courageous battle with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma.

Dot was surrounded by her loving husband and daughters as she took her last breath on earth and her first breath in Heaven.

She was born at Ohio Valley General Hospital in Wheeling, West Virginia on May 16, 1950 to Edward Joseph Shank, Sr. and Lila Viola Ainscough Shank. Dorothy was a 1968 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School.

As a young adult she worked in the restaurant industry until she married Charles “Chuck” William Pelkey and became a wife and mother, which was her greatest love and accomplishment.

She enjoyed shopping, cooking and eating out with her husband and spending as much time as possible with her girls and 12 year old fur-baby, Pookie. She was totally devoted to each one of them.

She was preceded in death by her parents who instilled a great love of family in each of their children and taught them to place their faith in Jesus Christ no matter their circumstances, beloved son-in-law, Earl Martin, her in-laws, Charles and Mary Pelkey, brothers-in-law, Dennis and Wally and sister-in-law, Mary Margaret as well as nephews, Barri Edward Shank and Darrin Anthony Shank, an angel baby who went to Heaven early on and many loving aunts and uncles.

Dorothy is survived by her adoring and dedicated husband. They had an everlasting love with a story of true perseverance and determination to never give up on love.

Also surviving are her two daughters, Cyndee Jo Pelkey Martin (Dewayne Alston) of Yorkville and Hope Marie Pelkey (Leroy Strupe) of St. Clairsville. Dot and her girls had a special bond and were always there for each other through all the ups and downs of life. They truly enjoyed each other, laughing, crying and just loving each other unconditionally.

She was the 1st of 7 children. Her siblings will miss her dearly as they carry on until they meet again. They are: Shelley Williams, Pittsburgh, PA; Edward Shank, Jr. (Cindy) St. Clairsville; Denise Paxton (Mike) Yorkville; Margie Wiseman (Jeff) Tiltonsville; David Shank, I (Gaye) Rayland; and Ruth Stevens (Eric) Cumberland, Ohio. They were and always will be: “The Shank 7”. She also leaves a sister-in-law, Tammy Pelkey Fisher and many many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great nephews and many close cousins.

The entire family would like to thank the physicians and staff at The James Cancer Center in Columbus and Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Service and their amazing caring staff for the loving tender care they gave to Dorothy during her illness.

There will be a “Celebration of Life” service announced at a later date for family and friends.

Arrangements by the Care Funeral & Cremation Specialists, St. Clairsville Chapel 204 West Main Street St. Clairsville, Ohio. 

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  • June 01, 2021
    Leroy E Strupe says:
    What a wonderful woman you are, and you are deeply missed by many..... I will always remember and cherish the first Christmas I had with you and Hope, and I will always hold you near and dear to my heart...... I wish you could have stuck around and saw Hope and I get married when we get married, and had a little more time with us, but we know that you're in a far better place now and no longer suffering and in pain..... Thank you for everything you and Dad have done for Hope and I..... Always on our minds always in our hearts..... you will always be my Mother in law, and until we meet again on the other side of Glory fly high and keep watch over us..... Your future in law Leroy

  • June 01, 2021
    Mary A, Mitchell McClung says:
    Till we meet again Dot. Thanks for all the good memories.

  • June 01, 2021
    Cyndee Martin says:
    My heart hurts from the pain of missing you and not being able to talk to you nightly. But at the same time there is peace for the fact of we know how hard you fought, how tired you were. You were such a strong, independent woman. I admire that so much. You taught Hope and I kindness, love, faith, prayer, and forgiveness. We will always carry that with us. We will always treasure our memories. You are such a beautiful woman. We will be reunited forever more one day. Until then, I hope we make you proud. I Love you Momma!!!! Many hugs and kisses!!!

  • June 01, 2021
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  • July 02, 2021
    Naomi Dickerson says:
    We just learned of Dorothy's passing and we want to extend to all her family and friends our sincere condolences. She is fondly remember by all who attended school with her. Necrology Committee of MPHS Jim Nichols and Naomi Murray Dickerson