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Memorial Benches for Dottie McGee Outside Costume Shop

Two memorial benches honoring USP Costume Shop Founder and Walk of Fame Member, Dottie McGee, have been placed outside the Costume Shop on Main Street. The benches were donated to the City of Pella by Dottie’s family. The existing USP memorial bench which had always sat outside the Costume Shop has been moved by the City just outside the Community Center. Dottie McGee passed away earlier this summer. USP plans to honor her memory at the annual USP Awards Night on October 4th at the Pella Opera House.

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Memorial Contributions for Dottie McGee

Costume Shop Founder/Manager (and USP Walk of Fame Member) Dottie McGee
Costume Shop Founder/Manager (and USP Walk of Fame Member) Dottie McGee

The family of Dottie McGee have asked that Memorial Contributions be made to Union Street Players Costume Shop, which Dottie founded and managed.

You may write a check to “Union Street Players” and mail to:

Union Street Players
712 Union Street
Pella, IA 50219

Please write “Dottie” or “Memorial” on the note line of your check.

You may also make your memorial contribution online using a debit or credit card:

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Celebration of Life Service Set for Dottie McGee

Dottie McGee accepting her induction into USP's Walk of Fame. Inducted in 2008, she was unable to be present to accept the honor because of her fight with cancer. She returned a year later and accepted the honor at the 2009 USP Award's Dinner.
Dottie McGee accepting her induction into USP’s Walk of Fame. Inducted with the first class of honorees in 2008, she was unable to be present to accept the honor because of her battle with cancer. Dottie returned a year later and accepted the honor at the 2009 USP Award’s Dinner.

A public celebration of Dottie McGee’s life will take place Monday, May 19, at 6:00 p.m. at the Central College campus chapel. Following the service there will be a potluck gathering of family and friends in Central’s Kruidenier Center Theater. Central College catering will be providing heavy appetizers but guest are asked to bring a dish (main, side, or dessert) to share. The Kruidenier center will be open before the service for people to drop off their dishes.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Union Street Players Costume Shop.

Dottie McGee was a founding member of Union Street Players and one of the first inductees to USP’s Walk of Fame in 2008. Dottie was also founder and long time manager of the USP Costume Shop. In recent years, Dottie had worked as a costumer for Theatre Central. She passed away this after suffering  heart attack.

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In Memoriam: Dottie McGee

Costume Shop Founder/Manager (and USP Walk of Fame Member) Dottie McGee
Costume Shop Founder/Manager (and USP Walk of Fame Member) Dottie McGee

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Dottie McGee, and with it our irreparable loss. It was reported to us late last evening (May 13, 2014) that Dottie suffered a heart attack in her home late in the afternoon. She was taken to PRHC and died a short time later. Dottie was a founding member of Union Street Players and one of the original inductees of UPS’s Walk of Fame. She had an intense passion for costuming. In USP’s early years, Dottie began stockpiling costumes from, and for, USP productions in her home attic. Eventually, USP rented space for Dottie to move the costumes into the USP Costume Shop which Dottie has voluntarily managed and run for many years motivated by her love and passion for it. In recent years, Dottie has been employed by Central College’s Theatre Central and has helped costume many shows there. Dottie was also a talented performer and is, perhaps, best known for the one act I’m Herbert which she and fellow USP Walk of Fame member Arvin Van Zante have performed numerous times over the years.

The entire USP family extends to Mike, Ashley, and all of the McGee family our heartfelt condolences.

As of this posting, services are pending. This post will be updated with more information as it becomes available.