Dorothy Anne (Dottie) Hahn Halsey, 87, of Summerville, South Carolina, wife of Lt. Col (Ret.) USAF, Maurice E. (Bull) Halsey, Thursday, August 15, 2019 surrounded by family. She had battled Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for more than 40 years and her body had grown tired. She left her earthly body to join her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in heaven and was immediately made whole. The service for the celebration of her life was held at Grace Lutheran Church in Summerville on Sunday, August 25, 2019.
Dottie was born July 28, 1932, in Greenwood, South Carolina, daughter of Fredrick William Hahn and Martha Meares Hahn. She was a graduate of Greenwood High School and went on to attend the Medical College of South Carolina (MUSC) in their school of nursing program. She graduated from MUSC in 1953 and was the first in her class to receive a BS degree. She received that degree in 1961 in Public Health Nursing from George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
After returning to Charleston, she was employed by Charleston County Health Department as a Home Health Nurse. She met her husband in 1962 at a friend’s wedding and they were married on July 31, 1964. As a devoted military wife, she continued to volunteer in the health services field, during Bull’s assignments to Mississippi, North Carolina and Tehran, Iran. Upon Bull’s retirement in Charleston in 1973, she returned to Home Health Nursing with Dorchester County.
While working during the 70’s & 80’s, she also volunteered to be on the originating Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels in Summerville. She was active in the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League as well as a founding and charter member of Grace Lutheran Church in Summerville. During this period, she received the diagnosis of MS, but that did not slow her down. She continued working and became involved with the MS support groups in Charleston and Summerville. Her most proud professional accomplishment was being presented the Outstanding Alumni Award from the MUSC College of Nursing in 1985. Quoting the award “She has given unselfishly her love, devotion and untiring efforts to all phases of alumni activities.” In the late 90’s and early 2000’s she was active and involved in founding chapters of the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) in St. George and Summerville, South Carolina.
In her younger days Dottie enjoyed gardening, reading, writing for the Summerville Journal Scene, visiting family, cooking, and traveling. Unfortunately, in the most recent times due to medical and mobility issues she was unable to get out as much as she would have liked. She never met a stranger. She always had a kind word for those she encountered.
In addition to her devoted husband of 55 years, Dottie is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Halsey-Brown (Robert) of Summerville; a sister, Catherine Hahn Woodhurst of Simpsonville, SC; five grandchildren, Jessie (Jason) Stanton, Heather Halsey, Whitney (Michael) McCarthy, Hannah Brown and Robbie Brown; two great-grandchildren, Cole and Nora Stanton; daughters in law, Hattie Halsey and Diana Halsey. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son, Charles Halsey of Columbia, SC; and two brothers, Henry Hahn of Ninety Six, SC and Frederick Hahn of Greenwood, SC.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the MUSC Foundation (memo line Dorothy Halsey Nursing Scholarship Fund), 18 Bee Street, Charleston, SC 29425; or to the Memorial Gardens & Columbarium at Grace Lutheran Church; or to the charity of one’s choice.