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“I am so sorry. I will always remember our family gatherings! ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Jen Jordan - ROCK FALLS, IL

“sorry for your loss your mom was a great lady and friend prayers to the family ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: william Parker - Rockfalls, IL

“I'm so sorry for the loss of your mother. She sounds like a wonderful woman. You and your family will be in my prayers. May your memories bring...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Jeannette Bell - Beloit, WI

“So very sorry to hear of Aunt Doretta's passing. My thoughts and prayers are will you all. ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: suellyn lathrop - bowling green, KY

“Was so sorry to hear your mom had passed. I so Remer her raggedy Ann outfit. She was such a great friend to my mom. I'm sure mom will be so happy so...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Deb Johnson - Rock falls, IL

“This is very sad for me. She was a faithful attender at the services the Nazarene church held at the nursing home on Tuesday. She was such a...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Betty Hollis - Sterling, IL


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STERLING – Doretta Kay Lathrop, 82, of Sterling, took the hand of the Lord in Heaven on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at The Citadel of Sterling. Doretta was born on August 6, 1938 in Nevada, IA, the daughter of Darwin and Helen (Corbin) Blayney. She married Bobbie Ray Lathrop on August 19, 1956 in Sterling. He predeceased her on January 24, 2020.

Doretta was employed as an Activity Director for the Whiteside County Senior Center for many years. In her younger years, Doretta enjoyed dancing, and was an accomplished toe, pointe and tap dancer. She even danced on television! She was a member of the Community of Christ Church in Sterling, where she served as Priest and as an Elder. Doretta was a past president of the National Council of International Visitors, past chairman of the Rock River Valley International Fellowship, past president and board member of Churches United, past board member of the FISH Pantry, as well as a member of Church Women United. She also was a church camp youth counselor. You may remember Doretta dressed up as "Raggedy Ann," entertaining many community and church groups! She was a Girl Scout Leader for 25 years, and led many a girl scout "on a bear hunt!"

Survivors include two daughters, Debra Lathrop of Rock Falls, and Machele Gage of Dixon; two sons, Michael (Elizabeth) Lathrop of Basalt, ID, and Paul (Dawn) Lathrop of Sterling; five grandchildren, Daniel Lathrop, Jordan (Justin) Lathrop, Stephanie (Richard) Aufdermauer, Tyler (Carly) Lathrop, and Ashley (Dillon) Hicks.

Doretta was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Sue Ann Vosburgh; one brother, Jimmy Blayney, and two grandchildren, Justin and Tahlea.

Cremation rites will be accorded. Private family services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Community of Christ Church, 1813 Reno Rd, Sterling, IL 61081, or Rock River Valley International Fellowship, 717 Grace Ave, Rock Falls, IL 61071. Sympathy cards may also be mailed to this address.