Dorothy M. (Stinchcomb) Lindley

Born: Sun., Jan. 29, 1922
Died: Thu., Jan. 25, 2018

Family to do services at later date

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Dorothy M. Lindley

Jan. 29, 1922 - Jan. 25, 2018

SOUTH BEND - Dorothy Mae Lindley, 95, died Thursday, January 25 in Sanctuary at St. Paul's, South Bend. Dorothy was born January 29, 1922 in Culver, IN to the late Fern (Taylor) and Judd Stinchcomb. She was always very proud of her father being a Colonel at Culver Military Academy. Her parents, sister, Eloise and brother, Bill preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter, Julie King (Gary); grandchildren, Jayson, Eric, and A. Jay Lind; sister-in-law, Jan Stinchcomb and her children, Jeanie Westburg, and Bill, Phil, and Pete Stinchcomb; and Lindley family, John, Chris, Randy, and Jerry.

Dorothy graduated from Culver High School and attended Indiana University, Bloomington, for one year. On December 25, 1943 she married Jay T. Lindley, also from Culver, and they moved to South Bend, where Jay worked at the Bendix Corp. and designed landing gears for the war. Shortly after their marriage, her sister Eloise married Jay's brother, John and also moved to South Bend.

Dorothy played baseball for the South Bend Bluesox. Her team entertained packed crowds during the war. Dot, as she was called, played against the Chicago team that was featured in the Movie, “A League of Their Own”.

Dorothy was a member of the national PEO Sisterhood. She helped to form Chapter CZ in Indiana and FO, her daughter's chapter, in Michigan. Several times she was President and was in charge of the Indiana PEO state conventions at St. Mary's College.

After moving to South Bend, she joined First Methodist Church on Main St. She helped start one of the first secondhand shops, The Budget Corner. This money helped build the church educational building. The Budget Corner was located on Mishawaka Ave.

In July of 1952 Dorothy and Jay adopted their daughter, Julie. They also joined both the church choir and hand bell choir. They were part of a statewide bell ringers' conference in the 90's. During Julie's seventh and eighth grade, she was a Campfire leader. Several members stayed in touch through the years. She was very proud of Julie in 2002, as she was named State Teacher of the Year for Michigan Middle Schools.

Dorothy's favorite hobbies were cooking, entertaining, gardening, and her dogs. She was a diehard Cubs fan and was able to see them win the World Series. She was very proud of Julie's nephew, Adam Lind, playing professional baseball, and last year he played for the Washington Nationals against her beloved Cubs.

There will be a gathering for the family to celebrate Dorothy's life toward the end of July. The Welsheimer Family Funeral Home and Crematory are assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Sanctuary of St. Paul's Third Floor, 3602 S. Ironwood Dr., South Bend, IN 46614. Family and friends may leave email condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Dorothy's memory to the following organization:

Sanctuary at St. Paul’s
3602 S. Ironwood Dr., South Bend, IN, 46614

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