November 27, 2021

Dorothy I. Bormet

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — It is with great sadness that the family of the Rt. Rev. Dorothy Iva Bormet (Rush), a “well-rounded woman of interesting age” (her words, not ours) announces her passing on the morning of Oct. 3, 2021, after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage at the end of August. She lived for a number of years in Searsport.

There is no doubt in our minds that she told her God that she didn’t want to die in a hospital bed, and verily He provided a recovery without medical precedent, earning her the moniker of “The Miracle in 3022” from the staff at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y. She passed in peace at Onondaga Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Minoa, N.Y., several days later.

She was a tower of strength, love, compassion and faith, packed into a 5-foot-3-and-you-better-include-the-1/4-inch-thank-you-very-much frame.

She was called Dot, Dottie, Mom and Grammie. She was a ceramicist, dollmaker, fashionista, stylist, an exceptional hugger, an ordained Pentecostal minister, and — rumor has it — an excellent shot with a firearm.

She was goofy and full of humor. If she had a filter, it wasn’t evident, particularly later in life. No one could ever predict what would come out of her mouth, but you could predict that it would be … direct, honest and heartfelt.

She was daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and surrogate “mom” to all who needed one. She loved each kitten, puppy, adult and child who walked through her door as her own. She had a gift for seeing the beauty in everyone, even when they couldn’t see it themselves. As one of those people has said, “She made an awkward 16-year-old girl feel beautiful.”

We pause our accolade to note that Dottie is survived by her husband of 49 years, Mike Rush; PJ (the oldest son and smartest of us) and daughter-in-law Shawn Marie (who keeps the entire family on track), and Kelly (the youngest and better-looking son); her youngest half-brother, Ted “Little Ted” Bormet (the adopted and rebellious son); her granddaughter, Dawn Renee Hogan; her grandson, Corey Porter; her great-grandson TJ; and last, but certainly not least, her younger siblings, Theodore “Big Ted” Bormet and Ginger Bormet Wilson (with whom she shared a bond that only they understand).

But, truly, she survives in the memories and hearts of all who knew her, spoke with her, or were guided by her loving hand to see what a gift they were to her, and to the world.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Dawn Renee (for whom her granddaughter was named), two brothers, George and Chuck, and her mother, Shirley, and so is likely to be joyously devouring heavenly lobster, buttery corn on the cob and slurpy steamers in celebration of their reunion.

For the rest of us, a celebration of life will be held at Abundant Grace Ministries, 3 Brierly Road, Searsmont, Saturday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. The service will be streamed via the Abundant Grace Ministries Facebook page for those from a distance or who are otherwise unable to attend. Food and fellowship will follow.

Flowers may be delivered to Abundant Grace Ministries between 9 and 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6.

Details about how to assist with food for the post-service fellowship or defraying costs of the funeral can be found on the “Dottie (Bormet) Rush: Celebration of Life” Facebook event page.

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