Born in Winchester, Massachusetts on December 31st, 1925

Departed on September 18th, 2020 and resided in Arvada, Colorado

Dorothea (Dottie) R. Murdock (Hart), who was almost 95, peacefully passed away with her family by her side on September 18, 2020 in Arvada, CO. where she resided for a very short time but will be interred at Sabastian Cemetery on US 1. She was born in 1925 in Winchester, Massachusetts to Winifred (Harriman) and George Hart, Sr. She married Russell W Murdock, Sr. on July 21, 1945 who has been deceased since May 19,2009. He was the love of her life. It was truly a blessing to have her around for so long!

She is survived by two sons, Russell, and Gary; three daughters, Linda, Leslie, and Susan; 17 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and 4 great, great grandchildren who meant the world to her. She was the glue that kept our family together and will be sorely missed.

Beside the intense love for her family, she also loved to travel all over the United States, enjoyed cruising and traveling abroad. Her pictures and passionate memories were shared with her family and friends with so much relish and enthusiasm. So much so, that you felt as though you were personally traveling with her. Some of her family enjoyed accompanying her on cruises as well as other locations across the world. What a wonderful life she lived with many extraordinary experiences! Dottie touched so many lives within her family as well as her friends and acquaintances. She was an amazing person in addition to leading an amazing life and left some pretty amazing people behind.

In the prime of her life, she worked at the Goodyear factory. Not content with her work situation, she enrolled in business school and was certified as an IBM comptroller at Filene’s Department store in Boston, Massachusetts where she worked until she retired. Then, she was always ready to assist her family by any means that was necessary to make their lives easier.

After retirement, she and her husband moved to Sebastian, Florida in 1980. She described it as a sleepy little town with a population of 2,832 which evolved into a population of 26,118. Soon her sons, followed her and her husband to enjoy the country life. Also, they had friends from Massachusetts that resided there already. They enjoyed a comfortable and full life with family and friends.

Dottie was also so concerned about disadvantaged children, that she decided to adopt two young girls from Korea who were orphaned after the Korean War. This opportunity helped them to become very successful in their lives by becoming a nurse and the other is a bank manager. Their children have been equally successful in their lives. They continue to be an integral part of our family.

Dottie was able to adopt them through Holt International and continues to sponsor a child every month who is underprivileged. Therefore, her wish in lieu of flowers and a service; would be to sponsor or donate “Gifts of Hope” to a child to:

Holt International

PO Box 2880

Eugene, OR. 97402

Guestbook Entries

Wendy Lackey

I have to say I truly enjoyed my time I had with “MA” Murdock.  She was a hoot to say the least.  We spent some enjoyable afternoons going over her    She really put a lot of time and energy into not only her past family lineage but also her present.  She showed me pictures and told me stories about her linage she inspired me to do my own and gave me help and advice when she could.  She was truly a family devoted mother and grandmother.  I will miss seeing her.  My love to u all in this time And  please rejoice in your own memories of her life 

September 26th, 2020 at 10:20am
Brian Murdock

Miss you Ma. We’re all so lucky to have part of you and Pa with us forever. I’ll be thinking of you every time I look in the mirror and I’ll see you each I look at my son’s face. I’m glad you and Pa are together again. Please don’t forget to tell him that we miss him too.


September 26th, 2020 at 12:34pm
Gloria Murdock

Ma you were Truly an inspiration to me, in every aspect of my life. You were not only my Mother-in-law, but my confidant, my go to for your wisdom, and for all purposes intended my second mother, who was my sidekick in our daily lives for the past 34 years.  The one who raised up an amazing son for me to love and be loved by.  The one whom has given me the opportunity to be a part of our children, your grand children who will carry on the bloodline and through them I will see your presence  daily. I miss you every minute of every day.   While my heart is so broken, I know you are Only sleeping….for now !  You are in Jehovahs memory. Where you are kept safe and sound until the resurrection.(John 5:28,29) until then I will  eagerly look forward to that time, when you and pa as well as our other sleeping family and friends, awaken to a life where there will be no more Death  no mourning, nor outcry , nor pain be any more (Rev 21:3,4)
Are nd life will be as jehovah has Originally intended for us. To live forever on a paradise earth as stated  in Psalms 37: 10,11,29. He promises and cannot lie.
Love and miss you Ma 💕💕💕
Thank you 
You were something so special to so many. 

September 26th, 2020 at 6:58pm
Diane ( Hart) Mouland

Dorothea’s Family:  I am so sorry to hear of her passing. While doing the Hart Family Tree and searching for information on my Great Grandfather’s family I received a message on Facebook from Dorothea telling me she was a Hart.  Her Grandfather Benjamin and my Great Grandfather Joseph were  brothers.  Can you imagine how excited I was to hear from her. We kept in touch off and on. I could see a resemblance between her and my Dad. She was a sweet lady and I will cherish our chats. Cherish your memories of her and please keep in touch. Take care 

September 26th, 2020 at 7:44pm
Linda Barrile

What a beautiful obituary. It’s clear Mrs Murdoch was greatly loved, enjoyed a full life and will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this time of loss. I fondly remember her many kindnesses to me as a young adolescent and appreciate her strength as a role model. May she rest in peace.

September 26th, 2020 at 8:32pm
Priscilla Champagne

She was a lovely woman who was dearly loved and respected by all. I had the priveledge of traveling on a cruise with her and her family. She was adored by her children and grandchildren. She loved her family with her whole heart. She will be sorely missed. Sleep Well, Sweetheart.

September 26th, 2020 at 9:02pm

Dottie was an incredible woman she made me laugh, I can remember Dottie taking care of me when I was sick, she was by my side!! I enjoyed the years we had! Sorry for your loss. September 26,2020

September 26th, 2020 at 9:47pm
Kim Ford

She definitely was a strong lady that was the monarch of your family.  Her love will go on for so many generations.   I can still remember her when she worked at your video store many years ago and she was so amazing and sweet back then and never changed thru all those years.  My prayers are with u guys cause she will be truly missed.

September 27th, 2020 at 7:30am
Jose and grace Ramirez

You will be missed. You and your husband were the perfect neighbors, we were blessed to be right across the street since 1988,  we were able to know a number of your family who we love very much.  Looking forward to the real life to come, the way our Heavenly Father meant it to be. 

September 27th, 2020 at 3:59pm
Colleen Owens

I thoroughly enjoyed MA Murdock…Dottie, every time I I got to spend time with her, I was not deeply connected but I felt as though we were friends and thoroughly enjoyed every moment that I did spend time with her. Her stories of her life entertained me and enchanted me. I felt privileged to get to know her as I did and always wished I could know her more because it always felt like she had more amazing stories to tell of her broad and rich life. I am glad that I did have some time to know her and appreciate the amazing woman and amazing and giving life she lived, and the great love she had for her family. I know you all must feel the loss of her deeply and am glad that your religious beliefs lift you up and carry you through this time. My most sincere condolences to all family and friends and my love and support through this time. She will be missed, but she lived a great life. Be at peace Ma Murdock…. ♥️

September 27th, 2020 at 9:41pm
Katie DeBrandes Muldoon

Growing up in Cincinnati, our parents always talked with love and excitement about our relatives in Boston, Uncle Russell and Aunt Dottie. Because of the distance, we rarely had the joy of seeing them. I was so happy when my husband and I moved to Florida as now Aunt Dottie and Uncle Russell were just a couple of hours drive away. I loved Russell dearly but totally adored Aunt Dottie. She was so full of life and a delightful role model in many diverse ways. A true treasure, I am both be thankful for our time together but heartbroken, as I will miss her forever.

September 28th, 2020 at 11:53am

So sorry on her passing. I so enjoyed her at your wedding Sue and my prayers go out to the family who took care of her in Florida 

September 29th, 2020 at 1:16pm
Lorraine Noach

She will be dearly missed. We await, Gods promise of a resurrection, to life, to live the way we were meant to live, forever on earth in a Paradise. she deserves that. Such a sweet loving woman. Soon now, she will wake up, young happy and healthy. My deep condolences to the family.

September 29th, 2020 at 2:46pm
Robert Cooper

Although I did not know her personally I do know you Gloria. I know how you cared for her and loved her. That is enough for me to know that she was a special person. I will miss seeing her in the background on our zoom meetings. Love to you and Russ. Always focus on the memories.

October 7th, 2020 at 4:18am
Katie Muldoon

Just to remind everyone that the wonderful folks who created this Obituary for my Aunt Dottie noted at the end that we could remember her with gifts to Holt International. This is their Gifts of Love address
They have gifts from $14 for education for children, to pigs and cows and chickens ($365), to things like the sewing machine we bought ($115) that will help a family earn a living. It is a fabulous way to honor Aunt Dottie and I am so glad that we were reminded of her connection to Holt and all the good that they do.

October 12th, 2020 at 1:18pm

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