Doris M. Carey (Sullivan)
Doris M. Carey, 99, Hibbing, died on October 18, 2022 at Oak Hills Assisted Living in Grand Rapids, MN.
Dorie was born on January 4, 1923 to Michael and Rose Sullivan (McNulty) in Ironwood, Michigan. After
a wonderful childhood filled with skiing, skating and great, life-long friendships, Dorie graduated from
Gogebic Community College and continued her extracurriculars, adding a passion for golf and bridge to
her list of activities. After college she went to work in the offices of Pickands Mather Mining Company.
One day a handsome young engineer walked in and the rest was history. He didn’t have a chance.
Dorie married Bernard Carey on August 21, 1948 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Ironwood.
Dorie and Bernie were married for 63 years and had five children. When her kids were grown, she went
back to work at Feldman’s Department Store, managing the bath and gift shop. Her great taste, hard
work and extroverted personality allowed for her success on the job and in many volunteer activities in
the community. Bernie and Dorie spent many happy years at kids’ events, Hibbing High School hockey
and basketball games, fishing and enjoying Crane Lake, Lake Vermillion, and Lake Pokegama, golfing
with many friends and family at Mesabi Country Club and, in later years, while wintering in Florida. She
spent a day on Pokegama last summer (at the age of 99) and loved every minute of it. She never missed
a chance to tell anyone who would listen about her beloved Ireland. Dorie’s wonderful marriage, her
strong faith, the Blessed Sacrament community, her loving family and friends, and her zest for life
sustained her through 99.5 years. She was the queen of the castle, the life of the party and will be
missed dearly. May the wind be always at her back.
She is survived by sons Bernard (Jodie) Carey of Grand Rapids, MN; Michael (Sally) Carey of Minneapolis,
MN; daughters, Kathleen Graff of Hopkins, MN, Margaret (Larry) Boris of Nashville, TN, and Mary (Ivan)
of Hibbing, MN; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bernard, parents Mike and Rose Sullivan, sister Kathy
Thomas, brother Jack Sullivan, and son-in-law Steve Graff.
A private family funeral and interment will be held at a later date. Memorials are preferred to Essentia
Health Itasca Hospice, 202 NE 3 rd Street, Grand Rapids, MN, 55744, or to the donor’s choice. A special
thanks to the wonderful care givers at Oak Hills Assisted Living and Essentia Health Itasca Hospice for
taking such good care of her. Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing.