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Dorothy Woodward Painter

August 9, 1924 February 19, 2021
Dorothy Woodward Painter
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Dorothy Ellen Woodward Painter “Dottie” (96), of Indian Hill, passed away Friday, February 19, 2021. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John W. Painter, and son, Andrew W. Painter. She is survived by her sister, Margaret “Peggy” Scoville, and two sons: John “Jack” W. Painter (Donna) and Thomas A. Painter (Denise). She was the loving grandmother to Gregory Painter (Jaime), Virginia Hall (Clayton), Valerie Trainor (Daniel), Amy Herbert (David), Claire Carroll (Ryan), and Catherine Painter, as well as great grandmother to James Hall, Greer Hall, Sophie Painter, Violet Trainor, and Brooks Herbert.
Dottie was born on August 9, 1924 in Bloomington, Indiana to Glen B. and Ella (Albright) Woodward. She attended Stephens College followed by graduation, with an A.B. degree, from Indiana University. At Indiana, she was a member of the swim team and the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She further pursued her passion for science and earned a Master of Science degree in Bacteriology from the University of Michigan Medical School. After college, Dottie began work in Chicago, Illinois where she met her beloved John. They were married in 1953 and began a life of frequent business re-location before settling down in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was known for her kindness, remarkable intelligence, artistic ability, creativity, love of gardening, and love of travel.
Dottie and John raised three sons. She made sure that each had almost unlimited freedom in childhood as well as responsibility for the consequences of their own actions. Her sons cherished this rare gift, and each credited it with allowing him to flourish to the limits of his abilities. She taught them with the Socratic Method, instilled virtues, and took pride in their accomplishments without ever taking credit. She openly expressed her unconditional love to her family.
Intelligence and enthusiasm allowed Dottie to accomplish anything she set her mind to. She was a talented bridge player, golfer, artist, and gardener as well as an avid inkwell and antique collector. She was adventurous and obtained her airplane pilot’s license. One of her joys was travel, and she and John travelled the world together, often with friends and family including her sister, Peggy, and brother-in-law, Jim.
In her last years, as memories faded, Dottie remained consistently happy, was a positive influence on others, and seldom expressed sadness or disappointment. She conveyed her love to others to the end. After “I love you,” her favorite phrase was “Everything always works out for the best.” Dottie will be buried beside John and her son, Andrew, at Armstrong Chapel in Indian Hill. A private gathering will be arranged for family when circumstances allow. If desired, please share condolences/memories please send to Jack Painter, 4151 Gulf Shore Blvd. North, #504,Naples, Fl 34103.

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