Dorothy Jean Ford

  • Born: December 23, 1933
  • Died: January 15, 2021
  • Location: Owensboro, Kentucky

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory

900 Old Hartford Road
Owensboro, KY 42303

Tel. (270) 683-1505

Tribute & Message From The Family

Dorothy Jean Ford, 87, of Owensboro, passed away on January 15th, 2021, at Wellington Parc of Owensboro. She was born in Owensboro, KY in 1933 to the late John A. and Edith Fulkerson Strehl. Dot was preceded in death by her husband Reyburn W. Ford, and her sisters, Virginia Hempel, Clara Burton and Betty Pruden.

In 1952, Dot married her high school sweetheart, Reyburn W. Ford, and celebrated 67 years of marriage before Reyburn's death in 2020. Dot was an active member of First Baptist church her entire adult life and especially enjoyed her fellowship with the New Ladies/Trusting Hearts Class where she was known for her hospitality. Dot also enjoyed gardening and collecting antique furniture. She loved her family and would never miss a chance to host birthdays and dinners. Thursday nights were always "Family Night" at "Mom Ford's," as her grandchildren called her, when she would cook a meal for her children and grandchildren.

Dot was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother who always put her family first. She will be remembered by her family and friends for her quiet generosity and concern for others.
Dot is survived by her three children, Rey Ford and his wife Laura, Rick Ford and his wife Donna and Renee Ford; Rey's children Chacey Malhouitre and her husband Romain and Charissa Kenny and her husband John; Rick's children John Michael Ford and his wife Paula, Justin Ford and Kristin Ford; and great grandchildren Nicholas Malhouitre, Nolan Malhouitre, Kaya Saks, Hailey Saks, Veda Kenny, and Robert J. Nickerson, IV. Also surviving is her sister Ethel McElwain, and brothers John Strehl (Gloria), Mike Strehl (Vicki), and David Strehl (Debbie); sister-in-law Betty John Sharpe and several nieces and nephews.

The Ford family would like to thank the staff of Wellington Parc for their excellent care of Dot during her stay.

Funeral services will be private with a celebration of life to be held in the future.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to First Baptist Church, the Alzheimer's Association or the charity of one's choice.

Care by Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory.

Memories and condolences may be offered online at

Condolence & Memory Journal


Dear Renee, Mike, David and relatives of Dot, Im so sorry I just learned of Dot's passing. Dot was a true lady and servant for God. She welcomed my daughter and I to FBChurch with open arms many years ago. She was indeed an angel and mentor for our Sunday School and church family. Always there for anyone who needed anything, she had a smile and hug for everyone. I'll never forget her bringing a fantastic homemade meal to my house after my mother's passing. She will always have a big place in my heart and be remembered as one of the kindest and most sincere ladies I've ever known. She taught me so much about being a Christian. I miss you Dot! With love, Vicki Cecil

Posted by Vicki Cecil - Owensboro, KY - Friend   February 15, 2021

Rick and the Ford family It's always difficult to give your mom back to God. Please know of our prayers for you. Shelby and Mary Ann Thompson

Posted by Mary Thompson - Owensboro, KY - Friend   January 22, 2021

A true lady with a generous heart. I know she touched many lives, including my own. Sending love to the family.

Posted by Lisa Peercy - Nashville, TN - Friend   January 20, 2021

Rey, Rick, Renee, Ethel and Family,
Dot was a wonderful mentor to so many ladies at FBC, including me. I was honored to call her a friend and sister in Christ. "Well done my good and faithful servant, Enter into My presence."
Steve and I will be praying for you all as you say goodbye to your mother and sister.

Posted by Steve and Peggi Clark - OWENSBORO, KY   January 20, 2021

Rey, Rick, and Renee - Dot was gracious lady, fellow antique enthusiast, and true friend. She and Reyburn were never anything but kind to me. What more can you ask? Living just blocks away, I will think fondly of them every time I pass their home on Winston. Best to each of you - David

Posted by David Taylor - Owensboro, KY - Family Friend   January 19, 2021

I'm so sorry for your loss. Praying for your family. I always loved Dot. She was a special lady.

Posted by Marty McNeil - Owensboro, KY   January 18, 2021

Rick, Rey, Renee, and families, I am deeply saddened to hear of Dot's passing. I, also, rejoice that she is no longer suffering and is in paradise with Jesus! Dot was one of my favorite people! She was truly special! Please accept my most sincere condolences,

Posted by Scott Browning - Owensboro, KY - Friend   January 18, 2021

We are so saddened to hear of Dot's passing. She will be remembered for her kindness, smiles and laughter we shared over many years. My children will always remember "Miss Dot" and her donut holes at Sunday School. Many prayers for your family for peace and comfort.

Posted by Kathryn Douglas Neely and The Zuberer Children - Owensboro, KY - Friend   January 18, 2021

I will always have a special place in my heart for Dot and Clara. They were dear and treasured friends to me and are truly missed.
Dorothy Wilson Friendswood, TX

Posted by Dorothy Wilson - Friendswood, TX - Friend   January 18, 2021

To the family of Mrs. Ford I am truly sorry and thankful for being able to take care of your family member. She had a beautiful smile that contagious and always looked forward to Mr. Ford coming to eat meals with her.

Posted by joia m johnson - Owensboro, KY - Friend   January 18, 2021

Dear Family, I was so sorry to learn of Dot's passing. She always had a smile and would always stop to say hello. She and Reymond went to high school with my husband and the reunions were so much fun. We attended First Baptist Church and saw them each Sunday. My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time. God will give you strength and comfort during these next few days and weeks. I know you will miss her. She is now in the loving arms of our LORD. Sincerely, Shirley Kennedy

Posted by Shirley Kennedy - OWENSBORO, KY - Friend   January 18, 2021


My heart is saddened, yet I rejoice in knowing Dot is home, healed, reunited with Reyburn and is at the foot of God's heavenly throne praising our Lord and Savior! Dot was a not only a dear and precious friend, but a mom and mentor to me as well. She will live forever in my heart. I'm beyond blessed that she was my friend. Praying for you and your family. blessings...

Posted by Kathy Farmer - Owensboro, KY - Family Friend   January 17, 2021


To the family of Dorothy Jean Ford;
We are so sorry to hear about the passing
of Dorothy. All are in our thought's and

Posted by Larry & Paulette Boswell - Owensboro, KY - Acquaintance   January 17, 2021

Dear Family,
What a friend she was to me. I will always love her.

Posted by Cathy Armour - Tallahassee, FL - Friend   January 17, 2021

Dot's smile and friendly nature has always impressed me. My condolences to all her family.

Posted by Alice Ford Wilson - Huntsville, AL   January 17, 2021

Rey, Rick, and Renee, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your mom was a special lady and loved by all.

Posted by Bill Alford - Jacksonville, FL - Family Friend   January 17, 2021

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