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Dorothy Scilley

June 15, 1935 - April 25, 2020

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Dorothy Scilley

June 15, 1935 - April 25, 2020


Dorothy M Scilley of Fargo, ND, died at Fargo Eventide Nursing Home on April 25th, 2020. She was 84 years old.

Born on June 15, 1935 to Stephen, a Bethlehem Steel truck driver, and Theresa Libricz, she grew up in Bethlehem, PA with two sisters. She graduated from St Luke’s School of Nursing in 1956 and then went on to get her BS in Nursing Education from the University of Pittsburgh. She married George R Scilley who was attending Moravian College and Seminary. After his graduation, they served parishes in Wisconsin and Michigan and eventually traveled the world when George became an Army Chaplain.

Over the course of her life, Dorothy successfully wore many hats including RN, educator, real estate agent, home health care director, preacher’s wife, officer’s wife and mother. Never satisfied to sit still, she was always involved with Church activities, Officer’s Wives Clubs, organizing events and supporting her daughter’s busy (mostly athletic) schedule. Once George retired from the Army in 1983, they moved to Fargo where they served the Fargo Moravian Church for several years.

She is survived by her daughter, Sarah, and grandson, Sean, both of Portland, OR. She is preceded in death by her husband, George.

To honor the medical professionals currently fighting against COVID19, donations to Doctors Without Borders, in memory of Dorothy Scilley, are requested in lieu of a memorial service. Her final resting place will be Arlington National Cemetery, next to George, in the Chaplain’s Section.


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5 responses to “Dorothy Scilley”

  1. Becky Sannes Czichotzki says:

    My deepest sympathies. What a wonderful picture of your mom. It brought a smile to my face in what has been a dreary time. I’m sorry we were not able to chat face to face. You are in my thoughts and my prayers.

  2. Mary (Christianson) Barglof says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Sarah. The Scilley Family made my Family (Christianson) when they moved to Moorhead Minnesota in 1943. The Moravian Church was and is important to all of us. Ralph, Minnie and Robert are buried at Sunset Memoral Gardens right next to my Mom and Dad, Ralph & Lillian Christianson. Your Dad guided my brother Tom into the Air Force chaplaincy. Sarah, you gathered Easter eggs with our oldest son Scott at your Grandparents home on South #81 a long time ago. Take care and we will always remember your MOM as such a caring person.

  3. Thomas N. Christianson says:

    I attended Dorothy and George’s wedding in Bethlehem, PA. George and I attended the Fargo Moravian Church in Fargo, ND. George was 7 years my senior. We both were ordained in the Moravian Church and we both were military chaplains. Dorothy’s parents were neighbors of my first wife’s parents on Hawthorne Road in Bethlehem, PA.

  4. Marilyn Hedland says:

    Sarah & Sean,

    My deepest sympathies. She was a neighbor at the condo for a short period of time.
    The time I was able to be with her, was delightful.
    A beautiful lady and person.
    My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  5. Chaplain, Colonel William Ziegler (USAF Ret.) says:

    What a GREAT life!! I am so proud to have known both Dorothy and George through the years. George was a great example as a pastor and military chaplain, and Dorothy, in all of her roles, such a professional in her own right. Although I am saddened and will miss both, I am so glad that Dorothy has been reunited with the love of her life. How fitting that their Earthly bodies will be at rest at Arlington. Rest in peace dear Moravian friends.

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