Obituary: Dorothy "D.K." Kathryn Barker Dempster

Obituary: Dorothy "D.K." Kathryn Barker Dempster

By / Obituaries / Wednesday, 08 October 2014 04:00

Dorothy "D.K." Kathryn Barker Dempster, 77, of Carolina Beach, NC, passed away October 4, 2014.
Dorothy was born February 21, 1937, in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Edward and Josephine Barker.  Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by a brother, Michael Goodell.
She is survived by her five children: Chris Dempster and his wife, Ann; Kathy Breedlove and her husband, Jay; Andy Dempster and his wife, Susan; Jody Smith and her husband, Jim; and Matt Dempster and his wife, Beth; one brother, Joe Goodell of Jackson, Michigan; and grandchildren, Troy, Drew, Matthew, Jacob, Douglas, Lauren, Sarah, and Madison; five great grandchildren, Christian, Liam, Asher, Aislynn, and Giuliana.
Dorothy graduated high school in Jackson, Michigan, where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Thomas C. Dempster. They had five children and eventually settled in Fayetteville, NC.  Dorothy was always a giving and active participant in the community and worked tirelessly with the special population community in Fayetteville. She was the Special Population Supervisor in Fayetteville for many years and was credited with many innovations to include forming the first wheelchair basketball team for Fayetteville along with working tirelessly with Special Olympics. Dorothy loved the beach and her dream job became a reality when she moved to Carolina Beach and became Program Director of the NC Juvenile Detention Center in Wilmington, NC. She worked there many years until she was able to fulfill another dream of writing poetry and watching her beloved dolphins swim in the Atlantic Ocean where she watched them diligently from her 9th floor balcony.  She loved watching the families play on the beach and would often call her children and express just how much she really loved being able to live at the beach and how lucky she felt to be able to stay when all the vacationers had to leave. She published numerous poetry books and became known at Carolina Beach as "the ocean lady".  
Dorothy specifically requested not to have a memorial and a desire to be cremated with a private family service to be held at a later date.
Condolences to family at www.andrewsmortuary.com
 Arrangements entrusted to Andrews Mortuary.

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