Obituary – Dorothy (Kube) Hesse

Gravette, Ark. — Dorothy (Kube) Hesse, 77, Gravette, Ark., died Aug. 29, 2014, at her home, after a year-long battle with lung cancer.

Funeral Mass and Rosary were Aug. 8 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Bentonville, Ark.

Ashes will be laid at the church mausoleum.

Born March 9, 1937, in Crofton, she was the youngest child of Frank Kube and Elizabeth (Meyer) Kube. When two young, farm-raised kids met in the 1950s, it was not long before a wedding was planned for Sept. 7, 1959, between Joseph “Bud” Hesse, Hartington, and Dorothy Kube, Crofton, at St. Rose Catholic Church, Crofton. The couple had eight children. The Hesses were busy raising the family and owning and operating the Art Center Studio of Photography, Hartington,  from 1962-1979. For a number of years, both Bud and Dorothy were a “pair” of leaders in the Chamber of Commerce and the Community Development Corp. Always looking for challenges, in 1979, they pulled up their roots and relocated in Bentonville, Ark., where they started a new studio, Woodland Photography. A devout Catholic, Dorothy was an early participant in the start of St. Stephen Parish in Bentonville where she was active in the choir as both a singer and pianist. She was also a very active conservative: she helped pioneer the home-school movement in Arkansas, started pro-life and conservative action groups, and helped hold the first TEA Party rally in Benton County, as well as planning huge Kube family reunions in Nebraska. She loved her pets, landscaping, and especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Bud, Gravette, Ark.; her children,  Jolene and husband, Ralph Carter, Joplin, Kan., area; Steve and wife, Kim Barta, Fayetteville, Ark.; Judy and husband, Kevin Vance, Bentonville, Ark.; Marilyn and husband Chuck Boecker, Bentonville; Mark, Gravette; Kent and wife Cheryl Varner, Bentonville; Karen, Gravette; and Valerie and husband Tim Wright, Fayetteville, Ark.; 20 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her sister, Jeanette Lammers; and dozens of nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Norman, Kenneth, and Dennis Kube; and her sister, Arlene Jaycox.

The family requests that any donations be made to the St. Stephen’s Building Fund.