Dorothy Aline Gooch, 81, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, April 29, 2017 in Raleigh, NC. Dorothy was born to Jack and Aline O’Conner (Braley) on December 4th, 1935 in Chicago, IL. After growing up in Athens, Alabama, she lived in Guam for several years, and then moved to Cocoa Beach, Florida where she worked for what would become known as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It is there that she met and married Hubert Lee Gooch, Sr. on September 21, 1961. Together they traveled the world, finally settling in Dublin, Virginia.
Dorothy is survived by sons, Hubert Lee Gooch, Jr. MD (Karen Mink), Gregory Churchill Gooch (Gerald Korblick), Kathrine Gooch Cummings (Ralph Cummings) and grandchildren, Jonathan Gooch, Alexandria Gooch and Victoria Cummings. Dorothy is also survived by her last remaining sibling, June Fletcher of Hartselle, Alabama and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 50 years, Hubert Lee “Bud” Gooch, sisters Mary Corum, Carol Barksdale and brother, Jack O’Conner II.
Dorothy taught for over two decades at Dublin High School and Pulaski County High School. She graduated with honors from Radford University in 1994 with a BA in Education. Dorothy’s hobbies included travel and gardening and she was never happier than when planting new flower beds. Her greatest love however was for her children, and there was nothing that she would not do to help them in any way possible. She frequently regaled visitors with the exploits of her children, much to the chagrin of Lee, Greg and Katherine. She was also a member of the New Dublin Presbyterian Church in Dublin, Virginia.
Memorial services will be held Saturday May 13, 2017 at 11am at the New Dublin Presbyterian Church in Dublin with reception following. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Dot’s memory to Pura Vida Ministries in support of a school in Guatemala. Donations may be sent to New Dublin Presbyterian Church, c/o Pura Vida; 5331 New Dublin Church Road; Dublin, VA 24084.
Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski, VA.