Dorothy “Dotti” Mott Callahan was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. She moved to Omaha four years later with her parents Ray and Helene Mott and her little brother Raymond. Dotti made Omaha her home for the remainder of her life.
Dotti is preceded in death by her parents Ray and Helene Mott. She is survived by daughter Chrisi (John) Hughes; sons Bob, Tom (Nichoel), Tim (Kristy), and ten grandchildren: Molly (Noah) Svec, Kate Hughes, Casey Callahan, Jack (Alesia Mason) Callahan; Anna, Nick, Megan and Will Callahan, Isabella Skramstad; Luke and Lindy Callahan; great-grandsons Noah and Miles; brother and sister-in-law Raymond and Carol Mott.
Dotti grew up in the Keystone neighborhood in what at the time was far northwest Omaha. She was part of the second graduating class from Marian High School. She went on to Omaha University where she was president of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority and was homecoming queen in 1963. She graduated in 1964 and was hired as a national field counselor for AXiD and lived in Chicago at Northwestern University.
In 1974, with four young kids, Dotti began a 23-year career with the University of Nebraska cooperative extension service. She continued her education and received a master’s degree in 1976. Dotti served in several extension positions, was granted full professorship, and became the Agent Chair for the Douglas County office in 1985. Dotti was the first female Agent Chair in the State of Nebraska. She served in this role for over 12 years and received several awards and recognitions for outstanding accomplishment and leadership over the years. Dotti retired in 1997 with the rank of professor emeritus.
The rest of her time was spent in volunteer roles as a master gardener, serving on the Bergan Mercy Auxiliary Board as well as the advisory council to cooperative extension. Dotti said, “The truly most enjoyable days are when I can spend time with family and friends. My grandchildren and their activities are a source of pride and passion for me. If I have one little wish, it is for my children and me to watch my grandchildren grow up and be healthy, happy and live wonderful lives.”
MEMORIAL MASS: Saturday, August 19, 2023 at 9:30 a.m., Christ the King Church, 654 South 86th St. Family will greet friends in the parish center immediately following mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Servants of Mary or Christ the King Church.