Katherine June Dorsey was born February 17, 1933 to William Jacob and Ruby (Hamil) Hight near Sallisaw, Oklahoma. She was one of nine children. June grew up in the Sallisaw area and attended school there.
In the Spring of 1948, a mighty move of God swept across Eastern Oklahoma and a great revival came to the little Pentecostal church near her home. Two young evangelists, Dan and G. W. Birdsong, preached the revival. Fifty-three people were saved in the revival and most were teenagers. June was a sophomore in high school at the time. Her brother was the first in her family to get saved, but she soon followed.
June never forgot the night she gave her heart to the Lord. It was a glorious experience! That night God gave her a vision – one of the few He gave her during her lifetime. In that vision, she saw Jesus reaching down and asking her to accept Him into her life. She responded and her life was never the same! Even though she didn’t know anything about God, she always remembered the sense of freedom salvation brought into her life and the joy of knowing that when she died, she would go to heaven.
June’s family lived about three miles from the church and the only way to get there was to walk. The young people that were saved in the revival, along with others who had not yet accepted Jesus, would begin walking to church as soon as evening chores were completed. A few were fortunate enough to have a horse to ride, but most had to walk.
June’s family was very musical, so one of them would carry a guitar and everyone would sing all the way to church and then home again after the service. June often recalled that they never became tired because they were worshiping the Lord.
About two weeks after the revival ended, the group began having prayer meetings in a little school house about a mile from June’s home. One night during one of these prayer meetings, June received the Holy Spirit. The great joy she received that night followed her throughout the remainder of her life. The whole world was different and the scripture “old things passed away and all things became new” transformed her life.
At the time she was saved, June didn’t understand that God had a plan for her life, but about three years later He revealed His plan when she met a young man and fell in love.
June and Arnold E. (Jody) Dorsey were married on January 16, 1951 and Jody became “the dearest husband God ever made.” The happy couple moved to Verdigris, Oklahoma where they spent all their married life in the same home. They devoted their lives to raising three sons, working in their church – Verdigris Assembly of God – and spending time with loving family and friends. They always kept God first.
When they were newlyweds, the couple went to their pastor and asked if they could take care of the church. It was their way of serving God at the time. For several years they were the church janitors, and even though they received no financial compensation, they served with joy.
June was a gifted cook and seamstress. She loved to entertain family, friends and sometimes strangers in her home. She always felt that cooking was a way to extend her hand to anyone that needed a little extra kindness or love. It was her special ministry. Without exception, everyone who had the privilege of enjoying a meal or dessert from June’s kitchen, agree that it was more than delicious!
In addition to her homemaking and entertaining, June led the Women’s Ministries at Verdigris Assembly for 22 years. She also taught Sunday School for many years. Anything her hands could do, she was willing.
At one point in June and Jody’s life of service, they went through a difficult time of testing for about ten years. One day June began to make a list of all the things they had been through, but God impressed on her that the best way to handle the situation was to live in the joy she found as a new Christian so many years ago. God was just as real in the bad times as He was in the good times. She never lost her joy of knowing and loving her Savior!
June lived with sickness and pain the last few years of her life, but she is well and healthy and pain free today! She passed from this life into the arms of Jesus on Monday, February 10, 2020 at Sequoyah Manor Nursing Home in Sallisaw, Oklahoma.
June is preceded in death by her beloved husband Jody; her eldest son: Randy ;sisters: Louise (Hight) Berg, Marcella (Hight) Knight; brothers: Robert Hight, Byron Hight, Ben Hight.
She is survived by sons: Terry Dorsey and wife Lorraine, Brad Dorsey and wife Linda; Daughter-in-Law: Carolyn Dorsey; grandaughters: Cary (Dorsey) Bohm and husband Tyler, Lara Dorsey, Kristen Thiessen, Aurora Thiessen, Courtney Watson; grandsons: Dr. Kip Dorsey and wife Amy, Dr. Ky Dorsey and wife Karen, Craig Thiessen and wife Carolyn, Joel Thiessen, Quentin Dorsey and wife Emily, Colin Dorsey, Aaron Watson and wife Samantha; great-grandchildren: Elliott Bohm, Hattie Bohm, Jack Dorsey, Evie Dorsey, Natalie Thiessen, Zachary Thiessen, Cora June Dorsey, Dallas Watson, Aidan Goodner; Sister: Mary Lou Thompson and husband Clem; brother: Jim Hight and wife Mary, along with numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of precious friends and family.
Services honoring and remembering Katherine will be held 2:00PM, Thursday, February 13, 2020 at the Verdigris Assembly of God Church in Claremore, Oklahoma. Visitation will be held from 5:00PM-7:00PM Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Rice Funeral Service in Claremore. She will be laid to rest at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Claremore.
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