The Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, held a beautiful and moving "Convocation of Thanks" memorial service on May 5, 2012, in honor of Dorothy White and other people who donated their bodies to research in the year 2011 at the time of their deaths. From the Mayo medical students "For you who think of the world in your last days and who have thought beyond your life, we are grateful."
Dorothy Ullery was born Jan. 18, 1918, to Oscar and Elsie Ullery in Sioux City, Iowa. After graduating from high school in Wakonda, S.D., as valedictorian of her class, she went on to graduate from the University of South Dakota with a degree in geology. Dorothy was also a member of Alpha Xi Delta in college.
She and Frank W. White Jr. "Bill" were married on May 23, 1942, at Fort Sill, Okla. After WWII, Dorothy and Bill settled on the family farm, "White Acres," farming the land and carrying on the family dairy business with their Jersey herd near Marshall.
She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church and president of St. Cecilia's guild. She was also quite involved with P.E.O.
When the Whites moved to Kenyon, Minn., in 1967, Dorothy worked at Faribault State Hospital in the library. After retiring she moved to Rochester.
Dorothy loved St. Paul Chamber music, was a big supporter of public radio, an avid "birder," bridge player, loved hiking, looking for fossils and she was a prolific reader.
On July 8, 2011, Dorothy passed on with her family by her side, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. Her ashes have been interred next to her husband's at the Episcopal Cathedral in Faribault.
She is survived by her three children: Elizabeth (and Eric) Ekeberg, Rebecca (and Bob) Becker and Frank White III (and Janet); her brother John "Jack" Ullery; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Elsie Ullery Jacobson, father Oscar Ullery, stepfather Sam Jacobson, and brothers Dick and Don Ullery.