Dorothy Vreugdenhil

Dorothy Vreugdenhil, 60, of Dana, shed her mortal existence surrounded by family on June 2.

She was born Jan. 2, 1959, in Omaha to Marvin and Patricia (Vreugdenhil) White. 

Though a drunk driver left her in a wheelchair in 1980, Dorothy truly lived her life to the fullest through simple pleasures: chatting with friends and family, enjoying nature, reading, playing cribbage and spending time with loved ones. Dorothy was proud of maintaining her independence and never hesitated to tackle a challenge. Among her favorite activities were trips to Spring Lake State Park with her husband, Mike, and other family members.

She was preceded in death by her adoptive parents, Neal and Viola Vreugdenhil; her father, Marvin, in 2001; her former husband and continued friend, Ron Lyons, in 2018; and her beloved husband, Myron (Mike) Mrgdichian, in 2015. 

She is survived by her mother, Patricia (Pat) White; her sisters Deborah (Rob) Douglas, Teresa Fox and Jannene (Jim) Burt; her daughter, Christina King (Vreugdenhil); her grandsons Jacob Vreugdenhil, Zachary Danner and Gabriel Fincel; four great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many extras who were “adopted” by Dorothy and her family over the years. 

Dorothy’s love, strength, sense of humor and spirit of adventure leave a lasting legacy as well as deep sorrow with those who knew and loved her most. 

Your wings were ready, but our hearts were not.

Per her wishes, no funerary services will be held, but a Celebration of Life will take place in the near future. Plans for this celebration will be forthcoming on social media. 

The family would like to express sincere gratitude to Sara Borgeson for her care of Dorothy these past several months. 

In lieu of flowers or memorials, the family asks those who remember Dorothy to continue as she desired; choosing to laugh more, love more and to truly live.

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