Dorothy Lou Hannigan

September 19, 1924June 29, 2022
Obituary of Dorothy Lou Hannigan
Dorothy Lou Hannigan, 97 of Independence, MO was born on September 19, 1924 to James Alfus Virgin & Angelina Luceta De'Sha (Virgin) and passed on June 29, 2022. Her siblings were Inez, Billy Bob, and James. Dorothy met the love of her life John Hannigan when he was in the Service at a USO dance in Kansas City. She twisted her ankle walking across the dance floor in her high heels and John came to her rescue and had to ask special permission to escort her home. It was a romance that lasted their lifetime. Dorothy told many fun stories of growing up in Kansas City and then moving to the rural country area of Jamestown, Missouri. Their Mother Angelina loved raising a large garden, but one summer their mother had to be gone during the canning season and left Bill (brother) and her to can the green beans, she learned from a teacher how to do it, I believe she said over 200 quarts were processed. Dorothy and her sister Inez loved to wear lipstick and their Daddy did not think that was proper for his little girls..... Dorothy tells the story how she would dance around the front room chanting "in heaven they wear lipstick". Later John and Dorothy had his mother Muzz live with them in Philadelphia where they had many years together until her passing. Dorothy always talked fondly of the years they had with her and the large loving Irish family John grew up with. Dorothy traveled around the world as the assistant to the Soroptimist International leader in Philadelphia. A global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. Also Dorothy and John lived in Long Port NJ and Fort Myers FL. After John’s passing in Fort Myers Dorothy moved back to Kansas City, MO where she continued to live until her passing. John and Dorothy were caring and helpful to our family when Dorothy's younger brother Bill Virgin passed away suddenly at age 38 leaving his bride Barbara Joyce with 5 small children. John and Dorothy came to Idaho to visit and make sure everyone was alright. All the years Dorothy could communicate, she never stopped praying and believing God was in control.

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