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Dorothy Marie Shinham


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Dorothy Marie Cline Shinham, 87, passed on peacefully Sunday,  November 15th, 2020.
Dorothy was born at home in Downsville, MD, on August 7th, 1933, to D. Frederick and Beulah Bowers  Cline. She graduated from Hagerstown High, and was then employed by Potomac Edison where she also joined  the Potomac Players as an actress.. She later worked for First Federal Savings & Loan, The Register of Wills and  longest in the Washington County Department of Engineering.
Dottie was devoted to her Catholic faith, and served St. Mary's Church of Hagerstown in the  choir , as a Eucharistic Minister and as a lay member of the Order of the  Carmelites. She volunteered  many of her retirement  years to the Prison Ministry.  She loved cooking  and sewing for her family and supporting her children and grandchildren  in their numerous activities.  She was an avid bowler and rooted for  the New York Yankees. She was a naturally gifted musician with singing and the ability to play the piano by ear.
Dorothy is survived by her children: William G. Shinham, Jr. & wife Cathy, Robin M. Taylor, J. Patrick Shinham, and Eleanor Shinham Haines & husband Brian. Her beloved grandchildren & their families: Andrew  & Kristen Artz, Jessica & Michael  Artz- Satterthwaite, Travis Taylor & fiancé Kelly Brown, Molly King, Katherine Taylor & Reily Trickett, Jon Kaufmann, Joseph Taylor, Kaitlin Shinham & fiancé Robert Ayers and Jane Kaufmann. She was predeceased by one grandchild, Daniel Shinham and daughter-in-law Amy Shinham.  She celebrated the birth of several great-grandchildren: Preston, Henry, Bobby G, Zachary, and Addison.
She was predeceased by twelve siblings, and is  survived by two sisters,  Shelby Stehl and Valerie Malott and many other relatives.
A Private Funeral Mass at St. Mary's  Church, Hagerstown, MD will be celebrated Friday, November 20 at 10 am. for the immediate family only. 
Visitors are welcome to join the family for a graveside service at 11:30 am at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, 17626  Bakersville Road, Boonsboro, MD. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
A Celebration  of Life gathering will be planned for a future date.
At Dorothy's request in lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice, Hospice or St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD
Online condolences may be expressed at


Guest Book

Pat and I will miss my dear Aunt Dot. Although it was not where they wanted to be, it was a special time when she and my mother were across from each other in the Ravenwood Nursing Center for a short time, and the two sisters got to see one another. I have many cherished memories of Aunt Dot over the years. Our loss is heaven's gain for sure.

Smithsburg, MD

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I will miss Dorothy's beautiful voice and smiling face. I truly enjoyed my many visits with her while she was at Coffman. Heaven has certainly gained a beautiful angel

Donba Bitner
Hagerstown, MD - Maryland

Thank you Dot for being a part of our life's journey. We will always see your reflection in your children. Your kindness and friendship to us will be cherished always. We send our condolences and sympathy on a comforting Dargan breeze to your family and friends at this difficult hour. We give thanks always to God for your presence on this pathway of on dear friend, travel on........with love, Pete, Sheila and Amy

Pete, Sheila and Amy
Antietam Furnace, Maryland

To all, I am very sorry for your loss. She was a very special lady and always friendly to me. God bless each and everyone of you.

Kevin Poole
Hagerstown, Maryland

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