Dorothy Mae Sterling

Adrian – Dorothy Mae Sterling, age 91, of Adrian, passed away on Saturday, August 14, 2021, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility. She was born on January 7, 1930, in Madison Township, to Chris and Rose (Ruihley) Basinger. On March 10, 1947, she married Harvey James Sterling in Angola, IN. He preceded her in death on January 28, 1981. Dorothy was baptized at the Assembly of God Church in Tecumseh and was a member of the Women’s Club in Adrian. She took care of elderly people after her husband’s death until 1991 when she became disabled.


Dorothy is survived by her children, Betty (Richard) Roble of Rio Rancho, NM, Sandra Cross of Tecumseh, Norma (Jim) Miller of New Caney, TX, Richard Sterling of Trenton, Donald (Sheryl Andrews) Sterling of Adrian, Mary (Jim) Slick of Adrian, Crystal (David Lee) Fox of Adrian; very special nephew Chris Vardamen of Adrian; 29 grandchildren; and 69 great-grandchildren and 27 great-great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Harvey, she was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Arthur, Eddie, Junior and Kenneth Basinger; two sisters, Carrie Vardamen and Rosella Froehlich; 6 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Visitation for Dorothy will be held on Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian where Funeral Services will be held at 5:00 p.m. in the funeral home.  Cremation will follow and she will be placed at Lenawee Hills Memorial Park at a later date. 


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