Dorothy was born December 12, 1913 in Cortland, New York. She was the daughter of Frank Aul and Grace Fowler and had one sister, Betty, who predeceased her. She spent her formative years in Central New York cities including Rome, Syracuse and Binghamton. Dorothy graduated from Binghamton Central High School, Binghamton Hospital School of Nursing, New York University (physical therapy) and did one year of post graduate study at Harvard University.
She spent many years as a homemaker. Dorothy worked at Binghamton General Hospital as a physical therapist in the late 1940’s and from 1973 to 1982. She also provided private duty nursing and worked in the EKG department when time permitted. Dorothy met Hughes Neely in 1939; their courtship was interrupted by World War II when both volunteered for the military. Dorothy served as a lieutenant in the United States Army providing physical therapy to wounded soldiers in England. Dorothy and Hughes were married February 8, 1947 in Rome, New York. Hughes passed on in June 2002.
Dorothy is survived by three children, Thomas H. (Leah), Redwood, NY, Susanne E. (John) Drewett, Largo, FL and Linda L. (Rick) Mniece, Cicero, NY; ten grand children and fourteen great grand children, two nieces and two nephews.
A long time member of High Street Methodist Church in Binghamton, she sang in the choir and volunteered for many projects. She moved to Green Point Senior Living Center. Liverpool, NY in 2004. In June 2013 Dorothy moved to Syracuse Home at McHarrie Place, Baldwinsville. She had a life long passion for reading and writing poetry and enjoyed her books and Kindle until just recently. In the last few days of a full life she wanted one last visit to The River.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to either High St. United Methodist Church or Syracuse Home at McHarrie Place, where she received the compassionate care she deserved. Arrangements are with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com