Dorothy Alice Bliss

Dorothy Alice Bliss

Dorothy Alice Watts Bliss
April 22, 1924 – February 15, 2020

Dorothy Alice Watts Bliss, 95, of Bunn died Saturday at the William M. Dunlap Center for Caring in Raleigh, NC.  Dorothy was born in Seaton, IL to William Martin & Jesse Ora Needham Watts.  She grew up in Keithsburg, IL.  In 1945 she married Donald Curtis Henigan in St. Charles, IL, where they lived for many years and raised their boys, Danny, David, & Dean.  Later in life after Donald’s passing, she married Wesley Franklin Bliss of Batavia, IL in 1970.  They lived in St. Charles, IL, Charlotte, NC, and St. Augustine, FL before moving back to NC in 1997 where they lived at Lake Royale & then Bunn Manor.  Dorothy was preceded in death by sons, Danny Henigan of Lake Royale, NC, David Henigan of Batavia, IL, & Dean Henigan of Chicago, IL, her 4 brothers & 6 sisters.

She is survived by daughters-in-law Diana Price (Wes) of Spring Hope and Susan Henigan of Batavia, IL; stepdaughter, Cindy Thornburg (Bob) of Raleigh; stepson Wesley Bliss (Linda) of Charlotte; her granddaughters, several great grandchildren, step-grandchildren & step-great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to one of Dorothy’s favorite charities, The American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association, or a charity of one’s choice.

Memorial service 2 pm, Monday, February 24, Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory Chapel, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.


  • Sue Henigan Posted February 17, 2020 8:40 pm

    I love you mom. I loved our phone conversations for all those years. We talked about sports and politics. I will
    Miss you very much. I’m glad you’re at peace. Sue

  • Lauren Luther Posted February 22, 2020 6:24 pm

    Grandma, We will miss you deeply. We will miss your tenacity, spunk, strong opinions,and little laugh between each word and phrase that you spoke. (weI are convinced that is how you stayed with us until 95!) We will miss hearing your stories of Dad, raising your boys, and how hearing your voice let us feel like Dad was still here. You were and will always remain one special and unique lady. We are grateful you are no longer suffering, and have reunited with all of your boys, husbands, and family, and friends. Thank you for being a symbol of strength and love in our lives. We love and honor you!

    We love you always,

    Lauren, Craig, Evan, Hayden, Harrison, and Andrew

  • Liz Aicher Posted January 12, 2021 3:57 pm

    I am so saddened to hear of Dorothy’s passing. I worked with Dorothy at Borden Chemical, and have kept in touch over the years, usually at Christmas time. I loved Dorothy – for her wisdom and her sense of humor. I didn’t hear from her this Christmas, so did a search on the internet. My sympathies to all.

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