|Birth: ||Jan. 5, 1912|
|Death: ||Apr. 1, 2001|
Dorothy Pearl Hysell was born on January 5, 1912 in the town of Pomeroy in Meigs County, Ohio. She was the daughter of Charles R. Hysell and Ina Irene McBride. She was the oldest of four children and the only female. Her siblings were George William who was born in 1915 and died young in 1920, Charles (Chuck) Ray, born in 1918 and Robert Manning, born in 1926. Dorothy’s Mother passed away when Dorothy was but 16 years old and the family moved to Syracuse, Ohio. She had to become the Mother of the household, taking care of the housework and raising her two younger brothers. She devoted herself to this and did an excellent job. Her two brothers turned out to be exemplary individuals, both serving their country and community with honor.
When Dorothy was a little girl, one of her favorite things to do was to braid grass. She and one of her friends would find a field with tall grass and sit for hours talking and braiding the blades of grass together. She loved to visit with her relatives, the Cundiffs, the Woods and the McBrides in Syracuse. Her father would sometimes let her and her brother Bob go over to West Virginia to visit her Grandmother Ord’s family. She liked to ride the trolley that ran from Pomeroy to Racine and go to the outside movie theatre in Pomeroy.
She used to talk of her little brother George William and how they had a goat and a wagon they used to play with. George died of bronchitis just a month short of his 5th birthday. It was a tragic time for Dorothy and the Hysell family.
When Dorothy was a young girl, her Father worked at the Excelsior Salt Works between Minersville and Pomeroy. She often told the story of how she would pack his lunch and carry it to him. When she got there, he would climb up on a big pile of salt to eat his lunch. He would peel an apple and roll it down that hill of salt to her. She said they tasted so good.
Dorothy had many friends as a young lady. They nicknamed her “Dot”. She was a very good student in school and developed a love for reading. One of her favorite things to do was visit the library. During her lifetime, she read hundreds and hundreds of books of all kinds.
In the late 20’s Dorothy met and fell in love with Ralph Russell Badgley of Letart Falls, Ohio. They were married in a double ceremony which included Julian “Noony” Hill and Inez Duffy in Point Pleasant, West Virginia on September 17, 1931.
Dorothy and Ralph had six children. Ruth Ann, who was born in 1932, Darrell Eudell, in 1934, Bonnie Jeanne, in 1937, Larry Ralph, in 1939, Ina Karen, in 1943 and Charles Stephen in 1948. All were born in Meigs County, Ohio.
Ralph and Dorothy first lived with her Father until 1933. They then moved to East Letart and lived with Ralph’s Mother for a while. In the mid 30’s they lived on a dairy farm near Plants, Ohio and in the late 1940’s and early 50’s they were sharecroppers for Bill Crow of Letart Falls and Thereon Johnson of Plants. In 1956 they purchased an 8 acre farm in Tuppers Plains, Ohio where Ralph built a chicken house to raise broilers.
Although Ralph worked hard and supported the family, it was always Dorothy who was the real head of the family. She was the one the kids would go to first if there was any sort of problem or just to get a hug. She had a heart of gold and always looked for the best in any situation. She dearly loved her children and they could do no wrong in her eyes. She would do without to make sure her children had what they needed. She and Ralph shared a work ethic that is incomparable. She would work in the fields, right along with everyone else and still maintain the house. She would wash clothes in an old ringer type washer and hang them on the clothesline to dry. It was not until the 1980’s that she and Ralph finally gave in to their kid’s wishes and got a modern washer and dryer.
From the time they were first married until the early 1980’s she would can tomatoes, beans, peas, kraut, raspberries and corn every year. She would make apple butter and jelly etc, etc. Ralph always had a huge garden that he and Dorothy worked in. She and Ralph always made sure there was enough to share with their children.
Dorothy loved to meet and talk with people. She always welcomed anyone into her home at any time. When she and Ralph lived in Tuppers Plains, their house was visited many times by traveling “hobos’ who knew they could get something to eat there. (They had a way of marking which houses where they would be fed.) Dorothy would always welcome them and sit and talk with them while they ate the food she prepared. She used to look for the Jehovah Witness people when they would make their rounds and hope they would stop at her house. Not that she wanted to become a Jehovah Witness, but because it gave her the opportunity to meet and talk to someone new. She always looked for the best in everyone and it can honestly be said that she never met a person that she didn’t like. According to her daughter Karen, the only person Dorothy didn’t like was Yassir Arafat.
Dorothy loved to travel, even if it was just going for a ride in the car. Sometimes her and Ralph would just pack the kids up in the car and go for a drive around the county or travel over the river to West Virginia for a picnic. She and Ralph went on several “Trips” to visit their children in California, Virginia, and New York. They would sometimes take “vacations” from their hard farm life and travel with their friends Dorothy and Elson Spencer to “see the country.” But the highlight of her life was when she got to go to the Holy Land. She and some of her friends from the Baptist Church in Racine made the trip in the 1970’s. It was quite an experience for Dorothy. She even got to fly on an airplane. Something she had never done before and she loved to talk about this trip. It was like a dream come true for her.
Dorothy shared a love of music with her husband Ralph. She used to sing in the “Big Bend Minstrel Shows that used to be held in Meigs County back in the 50’s. She also sang in the Choir at the Racine Baptist Church. She loved to watch Lawrence Welk and Mitch Miller on Television. Back in the 1950’s one of her favorite shows was “Hit Parade.” She loved the old hymns that were sung at the Church and knew the words to all of them.
Dorothy loved to be with her family and always looked forward to the reunions and family get-togethers at Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas time. Any time the family would gather at her house was special. These were always good times.
Dorothy loved flowers and planted them everywhere. Any kind of flower, but her favorite flower of all was the Pansy. Her favorite color was yellow. Her favorite time of the year was spring; her favorite food was a fried egg. She was a devoted wife and Mother. She was a Christian with high moral standards and values. She dearly loved her husband, her children, and her grandchildren. She was an extremely hard worker, always honest and never said a bad thing about anybody. She never uttered a mean word and was always the most generous and forgiving person. She was dearly loved and cherished by her husband, her children and her grandchildren. She was well known and respected in the community and is greatly missed by all. Dorothy left this place and went to Heaven on April 1, 2001. Her passing left a great void in the lives of many who knew and loved her.
Charles R Hysell (1887 - 1965)
Ina Irene McBride Hysell (1891 - 1928)
Ralph Russell Badgley (1909 - 2002)
Ruth Ann Badgley Hill (1932 - 2003)*
Darrell Eudell Badgley (1934 - 1972)*
Letart Falls Cemetery
Created by: Steve Badgley
Record added: Jun 19, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8955212