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Dorthy May Hearing

May 15, 1927 — March 15, 2024

Hesston, KS

   Dorthy May (Gould) Hearing, 96, of Hesston, KS, and formerly of Sioux City, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2024 at the Schowalter Villa in Hesston. She spent the last 3 ½ years in Hesston, primarily living with her daughter, Elaine. She moved to the Schowalter Villa in December 2023, when she needed additional care. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at Central Baptist Church in Sioux City. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday evening at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. Memorial gifts may be given to the mission Russell and Dorthy went to Liberia under, now called Ethnos 360, 312 W. First St., Sanford, FL 32771. Online condolences may be directed to

   Dorthy May Gould was born on May 15, 1927 in Sioux City, IA, the youngest child of six, to Arthur and Bertha (Armstrong) Gould. Her father passed away before she was born. She grew up on a farm northeast of Newcastle, Nebraska. She attended the McDougal school for eight years, and then went on to Newcastle Public School for four years, where she graduated in 1944. Dorthy kept house for a short time for her brothers, since her mother passed away when she was 17.

   Dorthy attended St. Paul Bible Institute for one year and spent one semester at Westmar College in Le Mars, IA, before going to Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, NE. It was at Grace that Dorthy met Russell Hearing of Lansdale, PA. They were married on February 28, 1953, and to this union six children were born: Miriam Hearing Chambers (deceased) who had lived in Clarksville, TN, with her husband Donald; Jeanette Hearing Friesen (Larry) of Walton, KS; Duane Hearing of Sioux City; Dwight Hearing (Jackie) of Sioux City; Elaine Hearing Brown of Hesston, KS; and Timothy Hearing (Veronica) of Hendersonville, TN.

   Russell and Dorthy spent January of 1983 and January of 1984 in Liberia, West Africa, under what was then New Tribes Mission (now Ethnos 360). Russell helped the men in their group build homes for the missionaries. Dorthy helped cook meals, cooking from scratch as there was no place to eat or buy food. They fondly remembered the native Liberian children bringing them an egg or two to share with them.

   Dorthy was a believer in Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She read her Bible and spent time praying for her family and others. Church attendance was important to her and she wanted to make sure her children learned about Jesus as well. Dorthy always had a large garden and enlisted the children in podding peas, snapping beans, and husking corn in the summer, along with lots of hoeing and weeding. She canned and froze a lot of garden produce to feed her family. She milked the cows and butchered chickens, making delicious meals of fried chicken for her family.

   Dorthy was a longtime member of Central Baptist Church in Sioux City.

   She is survived by her five children; 13 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

   Dorthy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russell on January 15, 2009; one daughter, Miriam Chambers; three brothers: Howard, Ralph and Glen Gould; as well as her two sisters: Rose Rickett and Mildred Rickett.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, March 22, 2024

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel

3220 Stone Park Blvd, Sioux City, IA 51104

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Funeral Service

Saturday, March 23, 2024

10:30 - 11:30 am (Central time)

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