Dorothy Jones Kilpatrick
Died: Tuesday, August 12, 2003
Dorothy Jones Kilpatrick died on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at her home in Humble, Texas, just six days short of her 88th birthday. Her faithful companion, Jamie, a Tibetan Spaniel, was by her side.
Mrs. Kilpatrick was born in Coldwater in 1915 to the late Guy and Nettie Jones, and attended school in Union City.
She studied at Michigan State University and received her AB degree in journalism from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
She worked as a reporter for The Detroit News in the 1930s and '40s. During her years at The News she covered society events, interviewed stars of the stage and screen, crime reporting and feature articles. She met George C. Scott, Colleen Dewhurst, Tallulah Bankhead and others at the train station upon their arrival for productions in Detroit. She wrote about the crime spree of The Purple Gang, and the social events of the Detroit motor car industry.
While covering a prison break in upper Michigan, she met the late James R. "Scotty" Kilpatrick, a photographer, also at The News. They married in 1946 and lived in Detroit for more than 55 years.
She was an active participant in Planned Parenthood, the Detroit Historical Society, St. Michael's Thrift Shop in Grosse Pointe and the Neighborhood Crime Watch Association. She was a member of the Detroit Press Club and Phi Beta Kappa as well as an avid gardener and quilter.
As a lifelong Democrat Mrs. Kilpatrick was vocal about community, state and national issues, joining a protest march in Washington in the 1970s and walking in the first Gay Pride parade in New York City.
Since moving to Texas to be near her daughters and their families, one of Mrs. Kilpatrick's favorite hobbies was clipping humorous obituaries and sending them to friends along with quotes from one of her favorite books: "Never Squat with Your Spurs On."
Upon arriving in Texas, she joined the Daughters of the British Empire, the British group "The Buttercups" and The Humble Senior Citizens Center.
Mrs. Kilpatrick was an avid correspondent, and sent lively, witty accounts and sometimes caustic letters to her large ensemble of friends, newspaper columnists, personal subscribers, as well as executives of miscreant corporations. She was known to send more than one letter of scorn to politicians whose policies she disagreed with.
One of her passions was genealogy. She often traveled around the country researching deeds, cemeteries and family histories.
Mrs. Kilpatrick will always be remembered for her collection of hats and exotic eyeglasses and was fond of saying "When you get to be this age, never buy green bananas."
She is survived by her daughters, Jane Kilpatrick Schott and Brooke Kilpatrick Horne. Although an ardent feminist, we are sure she would admit to being survived by her sons-in-law: Charles Schott and John Horne, as well as grandson, Jacob Horne.
A memorial gathering will take place at her home on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Daughters of the British Empire, 7223 Foxside Lane, Humble, TX 77338 or the Audubon Society.