Dorothea Katherine McLean Jacoby passed away on November 16, 2022, with her family by her side. She will be missed by her family and dear friends. Dorothea was born on December 16, 1939, to Alan and Mildred Becker McLean. She grew up in Kansas City, Mo attending Faxon Elementary and Paseo High School. After raising her family of three daughters, she went back to the University of Kansas and finished her degree. She worked for most of her adult life, with time spent at NCAA and Sprint, from which she ultimately retired. She was a creative and energetic woman with diverse interests who was determined to live her life on her own terms.
As a young mother, she was always ready to support her children’s activities, including volunteering in the Picture Lady Program at her daughters’ elementary school. A Girl Scout herself, she spent many years leading her daughters’ Girl Scout troops, holding fun, well-planned meetings and organizing outings around the city and across the country. She was always a cultured and stylish example for her daughters and took great care of them. In their youngest years, Saturday nights were spent grooming, including nails and hair, for church the next morning. Easter outfits always had matching hats, gloves, and little bags. Holidays always meant a big dinner with a beautifully decorated table.
Dorothea loved being a grandmother and was a constant presence in their lives. She never missed an opportunity to attend a grandchild’s game, concert, awards nights, or other event. Incorporating her love for travel, she planned a special trip with each grandchild. Even as adults, she had great relationships with each one, sharing life, culture, and hearing about their own travel experiences. She adored you all so much. No one could brighten her smile or bring out her great laugh like you.
Dorothea’s travels were another highlight of her life. She loved going to all places domestic and international, by car, camper, plane, and ship. There was never a trip too small she did not find interesting. Her travels always centered around her cultural interests, and once exposed, she never forgot the information from these trips. Her recall on the most minute detail was flawless.
From yoga to singing groups to book clubs to volunteering at the Nelson or Meals on Wheels, she kept active and busy! And she used these pursuits to meet people. You, her friends, are a composite of her wide-ranging interests and personify her. She treasured her time with each one of you.
Dorothea was preceded in death by her daughter, Christine Elaine, her parents, and cousin, Dorothea McCain. She is survived by her daughters and their husbands (she called them “the best sons-in-law”) Cathy and Russ Boomer and Carolyn and John Chapman; grandchildren Major Kyle Boomer and wife Anna, Sam Boomer and fiancé Amy Morgan, Paige Boomer, and Claire Boomer, Carson Wendler and Sade Chapman; great granddaughters Kate and Nora Boomer.
I try to meet whoever I meet as an old friend. This gives me a genuine feeling of happiness. It is the practice of compassion. ~His Holiness the Dalai Lama
A visitation will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Signature Funerals 406 E. Bannister Rd. Kansas City, MO 64131.