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Published: Thursday, 3/10/2005

Woman directed children services in Henry County

LIBERTY CENTER, Ohio - Dorothy Flagg Sharpe, retired director of Henry County Children Services, died Monday after a stroke at Kingston Residence of Sylvania Township. She was 88.

Mrs. Sharpe was director of the children services program from 1959 until her retirement in 1976. She worked alongside her mother, Gladys Flagg, who was the county's welfare director for 42 years.

Mrs. Sharpe's duties included placing children in foster care and assisting with adoptions, Pamela Tanner, her daughter, said.

"When people got into trouble and needed help, she was there," her daughter said. "Most of the time people were just down on their luck. They needed money. They needed help on where to go."

As part of her job, she occasionally made emergency home visits at night accompanied by a deputy sheriff, her daughter said.

Mrs. Sharpe was born in Liberty Center. After graduating from Liberty Center High School, she attended business school in Columbus and worked briefly as a secretary before returning to her hometown.

In 1939, she married Milton Sharpe. He died in 1995.

Mrs. Sharpe was a member of the Napoleon Business and Professional Women's Club and St. Augustine Catholic Church, Napoleon. In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing and traveling.

Surviving are he daughter, Pamela Tanner; two grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow in St. Patrick Catholic Church, Grand Rapids, Ohio. The body will be in the Wright Funeral Home, Liberty Center, after 3 p.m. today.



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