Dorothy Wehrle Guest Dixon

Dorothy Wehrle Guest Dixon, 90, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, July 23, 2016. She was born in Philadelphia, PA, on April 17, 1926, to Paul K. Gotwald and Gladys Watson Gotwald.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Henry Louis Wehrle Jr.; her second husband, Howard R. Guest; her third husband, Robert M. Dixon, and her daughter, Mary Wehrle Adair.

"Doss" graduated from Swarthmore College (PA) with a B.A. in political science. She married Army Captain Henry Louis ("Lou") Wehrle Jr. in 1951 and moved with him to his home in Charleston, WV. After Lou's death in 1967, she took his desk at the Peoples Building, eventually rising to the positions of President of Kanawha Investment Co. and President of Edgewood Realty Co.

During her business career, she became the first woman to serve on the board of the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce and on the Charleston Renaissance Executive Committee. She also served the League of Women Voters as local president, state board member and as a lobbyist at the West Virginia Legislature. She was on the board of the Community Council, spent four years as 5th Ward Democratic Committeewoman, participated in Read Aloud and performed in a recorder trio and church bell choir.

In 1974, she married Howard Guest. They were both active in AARP—they lobbied and taught the "55-Alive" driving course, of which he became State Director, and were members of the State Legislative Committee, which she chaired. They both served in the Silver Haired Legislature and were members of the Kanawha Trail Club.

After Howard's death in 1999, Dorothy moved to Edgewood Summit, where in 2001 she met and married Bob Dixon.

Dorothy is survived by her son, John Wehrle; grandsons Robert Louis Wehrle and Jesse Louis Adair; great-grandson, Henry Louis Wehrle III; numerous nieces and nephews; numerous in-laws, and numerous step-children and step-grandchildren—all of whom she considered to be a permanent part of her vast extended family.

At her request, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Union Mission, 700 South Park Rd., Charleston, WV 25304. A celebration of life will be held at Edgewood Summit on a date to be announced later.

The family is being served by Bollinger Funeral Home. E-mail condolences to TerryBollinger1@aol.com.

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