Shirley Dorothy "Dot" Rooney
Shirley Dorothy “Dot” Rooney, of Pinehurst, passed Wednesday, July 6, 2011.
Entombment and committal will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, at Pinelawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, followed by a memorial service at 12 p.m. in the chapel at Belle Meade, conducted by Father John Nicola and Father Robert Shea. Following the service there will be a reception at Belle Meade.
She was born March 21, 1930, in Darien, Conn., to the late Frank and Antonette Morris. She was joined with three brothers, Edward (Fonda) Morris and the late Robert and Donald Morris. As a child she excelled in dance and ballet, among other activities.
In 1949, Dot married the late Joseph W. “Bud” Rooney. Together they raised four children, Mark (Margot) Rooney, of El Segundo, Calif., Todd Rooney, of The Woodlands, Texas, Sandra (Chuck) Chenet, of Clarkston, Mich., and Scott (Linda) Rooney, of Livonia, Mich.
She adored her nine grandchildren: Jonathan, Jay, Steven, Patrick, Kevin, Flynne, Brendan, Katy and Megan.
They lived together in many parts of the country: Connecticut, Maine, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania and California, before retiring to Pinehurst.
In addition to being a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Dot enjoyed learning and volunteering. At the age of 60 she completed her associate’s degree, and was a three-term past president of the St. Joseph of the Pines Guild, where she worked diligently on various projects. In appreciation for her volunteerism with the guild, there is a garden with the “Healing Christ” statue dedicated in her honor.
In 1995, Dot married Walter “Mac” McManus. Together, they remained active in the area with many friends.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph of the Pines Guild, 100 Gossman Drive, Southern Pines, NC 28387, or the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
Powell Funeral Home and Crematory of Southern Pines is assisting the Rooney family.