Norma Jean “Dorbie” Allison Littick passed away peacefully the morning of July 20. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on January 31, 1930. The nickname Dorbie came about because, when learning to talk, her little brother could not pronounce Norma correctly and called her Dorbie. It stuck.
Dorbie was preceded in death by the love of her life, William O. “Bill” Littick II; her dear sister, Anne Allison Bollinger; her beloved daughter Anne Allison Littick Hoffer; as well as her parents Ella Montgomery Allison and Henry Barden Allison and her best friend Donna Black.
She is survived by her brother H. Barden (Jean) Allison of Georgia; her children: Thomas Montgomery Littick, William O. Littick III, Henry Clay Littick II (Sheri), and Jean Marie Littick McGlade (Trent); son in law Tim Hoffer; her grandchildren Stephanie Hoffer Jones, Tommy (Kristen) Hoffer, Bill (Kari) Hoffer, Tobias Littick, Maddison Littick, Spencer Littick, Tessa Littick, Lexie Littick, River Frueh and Declan McGlade. She was a great grandmother to Kassidy and Kaia Jones, Hunter and Kenley Hoffer and Will, Grant and Abby Hoffer. She was Aunt to Linda Bollinger Bailey (Gene), Jack Bolliger (Beth) and the late Nancy Bollinger Eddy (Jim), Derk Allison, Mark Allison (Janet), Gwenn Allison Cianci (Jim), Audrey Allison Baxley (John), Jane Tobin Oden and Lee Tobin Wiler. She had many great nieces and nephews.
Dorbie went to Ohio Wesleyan University where she met her future husband while working on the school paper. She helped Bill at the Times Recorder when the family owned the Zanesville Publishing Company until it was sold. Upon Bill’s death in 1970, she was thrust into the role of CEO of the Whiz Media Group, a title she held for many years, until passing the torch to her son Hank in 2014.
Dorbie Littick was a humble, civic-minded woman, most times playing a behind-the-scenes role for many community endeavors. She also served as a board member for many local groups, such as the Carr Center, Zanesville Day Nursery, Zane State College, Muskingum County Community Foundation, among others.
However, her generosity was noticed, appreciated and recognized by her peers. She was given the Bob and Dolores Hope award for community leadership in 1995, The Women of Achievement Muskingum Family Y Lifetime Service Award in 2008, the Dick Johnson Civic Leadership Award in 2002. These are only a few of her much deserved honors.
Her hobbies included gardening, reading, bird watching, genealogy and playing the cello. She was a member of the Thursday Music Club and performed in many local concerts during her years as a member. She was an avid bridge player and made some great friendships across the card table. She was the longest standing member of the Zanesville Country Club. She was also a founding member and the longest serving volunteer in the Bethesda/Genesis hospitality shops performing many different duties during her time there. She was member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a member of The Trinity United Presbyterian church, serving in many roles from Sunday school teacher to church elder. She was a Girl Scout leader and a Cub Scout Den mother.
If you would like to memorialize Dorbie, please choose a charity that is close to your heart and make a donation in her name.
Dorbie Littick will be missed and her impact will be felt for generations to come. Her family would like to thank the community for the love and support they have shown throughout her whole life, but especially during these final days. In honor of her journalism background, we say -30- to Dorbie. Go with love.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 5 to 8PM Monday, July 26, 2021 at THE SNOUFFER FUNERAL HOME, 1150 WEST MILITARY ROAD. Funeral services will be 11AM Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Burial will following in Zanesville Memorial Park.
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