Dorcas Elizabeth Bledsoe Bodenheimer of Wake Forest, North Carolina, died May 22, 2013, under the care of Hospice of Wake County and the staff at Carolina House of Wake Forest.
Dorcas was born in Winston-Salem, NC, Oct. 1, 1914, one of 11 children of Laurens Hinton and Susan Libes Bledsoe. Her parents and siblings predeceased her.
She graduated from RJ Reynolds High School and completed a three-year nurseís training at City Hospital in Winston-Salem in 1938. She began her nursing career with R.J Reynolds Tobacco Company in the medical department and later worked as a private duty nurse in Winston-Salem, retiring in 1976. She served in the US Army as a nurse during the early days of World War II at Station Hospital, Ft. Bragg, NC.
She married Ted Eugene Bodenheimer , also of Winston-Salem, in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1944. where he was serving in the US Army Air Corps. After the war, Dorcas and Ted returned to Winston-Salem where they lived and raised their two children, Susan and Ted, Jr. Dorcas continued her nursing career until retirement at age 62. She and Ted moved to Raleigh, NC in 1987.
Dorcas was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem for many years, and later St Michaelís in Raleigh. She joyously recalled throughout her life accepting Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at the age of three. Dorcas was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Daughters of the American Colonies. She was an accomplished bridge player, loved reading and studying religion and theology, and reading and writing poetry. There was not an antique store anywhere that she did not seek out and enjoy browsing in for hours. Dorcas always said the loves of her life were her family and Jesus.
She is survived by her daughter Susan Thomas Antekeier (Andy) of Eastpoint; son Ted E. Bodenheimer, Jr. of Raleigh, NC, a loving and special grandson John Clayton "Bart" ( Shelley) Norcross, Ga., and adored great grandchildren Ainsley and John Clayton, also of Norcross. She was also a loving grandmother to three stepgrandchildren, Grant R. Jones (Heather), of Greenvile, NC, Todd Behre, of Raleigh, NC, and Randy Behre of Portland, Ore.
A graveside service was held Monday morning, May 27 at Forsyth Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions suggested to Hospice of Wake County 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607. Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.