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Dorothy Borsch Ferree, 99, one of the greatest women in the world to those she leaves behind, died January 16, 2013, from complications of pneumonia. She had many bingo and card-playing buddies at Atria Springdale, a senior living center, where she challenged all-comers for about three years. She was the epitome of the word "spunk."
Born in Louisville, May 16, 1913, the first child of Mary Karst Zink and Warren William Borsch Sr., she was always an achiever and a bit of a dare-devil. She was a member of the first graduation class of Shawnee High School, Class of 1930 and a half. She attended Louisville Normal School and Nazareth College and was a teacher in the Louisville Public School System for 35 years -- 30 years at Longfellow Elementary School. Some of the students she taught in first grade have visited her in recent years because she meant so much to them.
At one time she was the oldest member of Springdale Presbyterian Church. She attended Sunday services at Atria, where she tried to live by the Golden Rule of do unto others as you would have them do unto you. She remained always the first-grade teacher advising relatives and friends to "be careful" or asking "what's new?"
She was proceeded in death by her husband of 51 years, Henry E. Ferree; a sister, Marian B. Miller; a brother, Warren W. Borsch Jr., M.D., and nephew Steven K. Borsch. She is survived by nieces Linda B. Neely and Lynda Savelli and nephews William N. Miller M.D. (Joyce), Warren W. Borsch III and Joseph E. Borsch, for whom she smiled in her last hours. She had at least 13 great nieces and nephews, including Dan, Natalie and RJ Borsch of Louisville, and a dozen great-great nieces and nephews. She also is survived by sister-in-law Elizabeth L. Borsch.
The funeral and burial are private. Arrangements are by Ratterman's Funeral Home, St. Matthews...
The family expresses gratitude to all of the staff at Atria Springdale, especially Chris and Delores; Elder Care staff, especially Nancy, Tammy and Pat, and to Hosparus. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Springdale Presbyterian Church, 7812 Brownsboro Road, Louisville, KY 40241, or the charity of choice.