Ruth Elaine “Toots” Dorsey

July 11, 1931 - November 2, 2022

07/11/1931 - 11/02/2022

Ruth Elaine “Toots” Dorsey beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 in Wheeling, WV. She passed peacefully with her family at her side.
She was lovingly committed to her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.  Ruth loved her family, enjoyed playing tennis well into her seventies and relished hosting family functions and parties. She enjoyed painting, music, dancing and the beach. She had a tremendous fondness of animals, especially horses and dogs. She was a very kind and compassionate lady.  Born in Keyser, WV on July 11, 1931, the daughter of Earl Dane and Leona Marie Purinton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her younger brother Robert Edward Purinton and her husband of 58 years John T. “Jack” Dorsey Jr. Surviving are sons and families: J. Thomas Dorsey III, his wife Lou Ann and children Johanna, Jay (Claire) and Scott; Timothy E. Dorsey, his wife Carla and children, Jonathan and Joseph (Sarah) ; Anthony Dorsey, his wife Laura and son Justin Kropka (Trina) and great grandchildren Campbell, Colby and Jennifer. She is also survived by her sister in law and good friend, Mary Clara Lambert and her husband, Jim, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins, all who were dear to her.  Friends will be received at the Markwood Funeral Home, Keyser,WV. Interment, next to her husband, will follow at Saint Thomas Cemetery, Keyser, WV.  The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff of Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Wheeling, WV for the excellent care provided our mother. The family is grateful to Linda Secrist and the late Mary Beth Callahan Kirchner for the love and compassion shown our mother.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Wheeling Oglebay Tennis Club, 465 Lodge Drive, Wheeling, WV 26003 or by clicking HERE.
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Bill Strauch
1 year ago

Dear Tom, Tim, Tony, and your families,
Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother.
She was a wonderful person and I always enjoyed seeing
her. She will be missed by all. Now she is at home with

Bill and Elaine

Jane White
1 year ago

I pray Toots family and friends will find comfort in the memories that you share. She was a beautiful woman! I regret that I did not know her better, my loss. Jane White

Raymond Calvert
1 year ago

Tom, Lou Ann and Family,
Saddened to learn of your mother’s passing. She and your father will long be remembered. May your memories of those times bring you comfort. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ray and Elaine

Mike Tobin
1 year ago

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for family. Blessings during the healing journey.

Tom Tobin
1 year ago

Our thoughts and prayers for comfort are offered to the Dorsey and Purinton families.

Laura Dorsey
1 year ago

Rest in Peace Toots. It was an honor to get to know you and to share a part of your life. You were a wonderful friend and mother-in-law. Give Jack a hug for us.
Until we meet again…