Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Dorothy Theresa Humphrey

Dorothy Theresa Humphrey, age 92, of Shelby, passed peacefully early Thursday morning, March 4, 2021 at the Arbors at Mifflin.

Dorothy was born on July 9, 1928 in Shelby to the late Urban and Matilda (Blancherd) Armbruster. She was a 1946 graduate of Shelby High School. During her working career, Dorothy held various jobs including Shelby Spring Hinge Company, Shelby Daily Globe, United Church Directories, and Queensway to Fashion. Dorothy was a natural caregiver, caring for her own children as well as babysitting many other neighborhood families. Dorothy was a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, where she was active in Altar and Rosary Society, sang in the church choir, and volunteered in the kitchen for many events. She was also a member of TOPS for over 40 years, serving as President, and eventually became a proud member of KOPS.

Dorothy thoroughly enjoyed crafting, making many Christmas trees and wreaths over the years. She loved crocheting and knitting, and also enjoyed sewing, having made many of her children’s clothes over the years. She loved going bowling with her family and friends and was an avid collector of Santa Clauses, at one point having well over 120 Santa Claus figurines.

Dorothy is survived by her children: Theresa (Dane) Breyman Stentz of Shelby, Robert (Jill) Humphrey of Shelby, Alice Bassett of Greenville, SC, and Lori (Vernon) Ramey of Mansfield; grandchildren: Tracey (Rodney) Binion, Chad (Dion) Stentz, Lauren Williams, BJ (Emily) Humphrey, Michael (Loren) Bassett, Evan Bassett, Trebor Shankle, Kelsey Shankle (fiancé Tim Grix); great grandchildren: Grant (Sarah) Binion, Ben Binion, Braelen Stentz, Keylee Williams, Kyler Williams, Lincoln Humphrey, Hudson Humphrey, Ellie Bassett, and Kaleesi Bassett; sister: Mary Dininger; sister-in-law: Marlene Armbruster; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband: Robert M. Humphrey on October 10, 1998; and her siblings: Clair, Regis, Jack, and Gene Armbruster, Marcella Ulmer, and Rose Trago.

Family and friends are welcome Sunday, March 7, 2021 from 2-4 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, March 8, 2021 at 10:30 am at the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby. Fr. Chris Mileski will celebrate and burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy to those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence at or by leaving a comment on Dorothy’s obituary on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Carrie Summers says:

    Im soo sorry to see Dorothy has passed. I worked at McDonalds years ago and we became fast friends. I loved her very much, she sure was a sweet woman. Love, prayers and hugs to the family. She will truely be missed

  2. Jeaneen Perry says:

    Memories have come flooding back hearing of Dorothy’s passing. The many days and nights I spent in her home, being loved and corrected, were all very special. Some of my favorite times were spent in the kitchen as she baked, teaching us how to make pies and cookies. I loved being part of the Humphrey family ❤️.

  3. Jane Taylor says:

    She will always be my Aunt Dot. She had a heart of gold and always made you feel special. Every time I think of her I’m transported to a not-so-fun time in my life. I was home alone on a dark dreary day taking down my Christmas tree while waiting for my kids to get home. Went in and grabbed a quick shower. And just when I needed it the most I opened my front door to find a note and a gift from her just to let me know that she cared! All these years later I still tear up at her random thoughtfulness that touched my heart so deeply!!! But that’s just who she was. My Aunt Dot.

  4. Debrs Linn says:

    So sorry to hear of Aunt Dots passing. We loved her. I have so many fond memories of gatherings and spending time at her home. Growing up as a kid, spent many overnights at her home. Sending our love from Montana.

  5. Joan Jones says:

    Mary, Thinking of you with sympathy at the loss of your sister. Sisters are a special blessing.

  6. Sharon Eddy says:

    Bob and Jill,

    I’m sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayer are with you.

    Sharon Eddy

  7. Sandra DeSalvo says:

    Theresa, Dane and Family,

    I just sent a memory gift to your home in memory of your dear Mom. Due to a clerical error my note did not get sent with the gift. So here it is:
    I have such great memories of growing up and spending so many fun times with you Theresa and your Mom. We roller skated in your basement, we learned to rock and roll in my basement and Dorothy was always there to cheer us on. She made sure we had fun. I had my first s’mores at your place, so yummy! We baked together and had every summer to run between our houses. I always felt safe and welcomed at your home because your mom loved me being there. And, I loved the comfort she gave to me.
    In later years when I was home, Dorothy and I shared many visits at McDonalds reminiscing about the past. So many happy memories!
    It gives me a happy heart to know you were there at the end of a long journey with her and a life well lived.
    I am sure she is with all her loved ones in Heaven. God Bless and Prayers for your family!

  8. Ray Myers says:

    I’m so thankful that God allowed our paths to cross. She was a wonderful lady and I loved to make her laugh. She made me laugh too! I’m so very sorry to all of her family! I loved hearing her talk fondly of you all.

  9. Fr. Nick Cunningham says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Dorothy! She was a grand lady who loved her God and her Church! I always enjoyed talking with her at different functions at the Church! Know that my prayers are with you at this time of your loss!

  10. Darrell and Marilyn Shepherd says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your dear mother. You have our deepest condolences. Prayers for you at this time.

  11. Jodi Tonkin Mott says:

    Bob and Family,
    I extend my condolences to you and your family and loved ones. It’s never easy to lose a parent, no matter their age. Our memories do sustain us! May she rest in the peace of Christ always.

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