Dodie Mae Heitman

Dodie Mae Heitman

Oct. 30, 1936 – May 25, 2019

Dodie was born Georgia Mae Heitman on the beautiful emerald isle of Kodiak on October 30, 1936. She was the eighth of eleven brothers and sisters — Frank, Eddie, Milton, Shirley, Vivian, Gladys, Sally, Merle (Tootsie), August (Sonny) and Patrick — and was a bit of a rebel even in those days! She would much rather have been out wrestling with the boys than at home sewing and crocheting with her sisters!

Dodie became a beautiful young woman and fell in love with a rakish young Marine, Rick Jones, who came into her life while he was stationed in Kodiak. She moved down to the states and married him. Dodie had four children: Judy, Rick, Debbie and David. Dodie loved her family but, as they grew up, she discovered many new interests; she loved snow skiing, playing the organ, and all kinds of music and dancing. She even learned how to belly dance.

She later married John Hannigan and actually got her commercial driver’s license and drove truck with John for a while. Later, she decided it was more enjoyable to just ride along. They drove cross country long-haul trucking and she saw a great deal of the country.

When the grandchildren started coming, she found they were the joy of her life. Ultimately, she had nine grandchildren: Todd, Kasey, Sarah, Jesse, Jason, Dustin, Ben, Mallory, and Hailey. She had five great-grandchildren: Nathan, Taylor, Alexis, Payton, and Amelia, and now one great-great-grandchild, Makenna.

Dodie later fell in love with Steve Joesten and had many great adventures with Steve, her friend, Scotty, and her cousin, Fran. Sadly, for the past seventeen years, Dodie was afflicted with dementia and finally left us to be with her mom and dad and so many others she had loved and lost over the years, on May 25, 2019, with family at her side. Rest in peace beloved momma, grandmother and friend. We all love you and will miss you more than words can say, until we meet again.