Dorothy was born on May 16, 1922, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and died of Alzheimer's disease on Aug. 29, 2008. She was the youngest of six children who were born to Freida and Fredrick Schmidt.

She is survived by her brother Robert Schmidt of Long Valley, N. J.

Dorothy was married to B. James Ley on June 21, 1942. They had two children, Robert David Ley of Bemidji, Minn., and Linda Lucille (Jenni) Harker of Orem, Utah. Dorothy also had seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren with two more on the way.

Dorothy received a bachelor's degree in English from New York University and two master's degrees in Guidance and English from CW Post University. She taught English in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Levittown, N.Y.; and Syosset, Long Island. After a move to Westchester County she worked for the Reader's Digest Company in its Foreign Division for a number of years. After retirement the Leys moved to Reading, Penn., for 16 years and then to Orem, Utah, where they have lived for the past eight years.

Dorothy loved to do bead work and play Duplicate Bridge. She also loved foreign travel and Elderhostel trips in the U.S.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Orem City Cemetery, 1520 North 800 East, Orem.

The family would like to thank the staffs of Hearts for Hospice and Golden Living Care Center who did so much to lessen her pain. The family also requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Alzheimer's organizations.

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Jim Harker

Post Date

Sep 10, 2018

Personal Info


Brooklyn, New York, United States


Orem, New York, United States

Cause of Death

Alzheimer's Disease





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  • University of Michigan


  • Master's
    New York University
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