CASA GRANDE — Dorothy “Dottie” Broking, 86, died at home in Casa Grande, surrounded by her family, on May 8, 2021, after an illness of a few months.

Dorothy Lillian Lewis was born in what the family termed a haunted house on July 9, 1934, in Coolidge to John Clarence “JC” and Lillian Lewis nee Whitlock. She was born on her brother John’s fourth birthday and he considered his sister to be the best birthday present ever.

Mrs. Broking became known as Dottie while at Coolidge High School. She graduated in 1953 and attended Arizona State College, now Arizona State University, majoring in art. She loved books, music and art of all kinds. She was a homemaker and a mother, which she considered to be the most important role she could have in life. Her beautiful spirit, constant smile and ever-present laughter drew people to her. She was “Mom” to a long list of people who loved her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry, and four siblings, Mary Tiffany, John, Dudley and Clarence James “CJ." She is survived by two daughters, Deanna Broking and Debra Dunsmore of Casa Grande; four sons, David of Idaho, Darrell of Tennessee, Daniel of Casa Grande and Altus Lee Curtis of Phoenix; a sister, Fran Ricci of Tucson; two brothers, Tom of Willcox and Philip of Colorado; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Celebration of life at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, at New Life Baptist Church in Casa Grande. The family requests, out of respect for those with respiratory issues, that no cologne, perfume, oils or scented lotions be worn by those attending.

Donations may be made to American Heart Association.

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