With a Heavy Heart …

It’s with a heavy heart that I write this post.  I can barely see the keys as the tears stream down my face.  Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 at the age of 92, Dortha Schaefer passed away.

Dortha Schaefer


If you do not know who Dortha is, a must read book and must see movie, for every contestor is The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio.  She was Evelyn Ryan’s best friend.

I had the pleasure of meeting Dortha and the The Affadaisies several times.

The Winning EDGE | February 26, 2007

The Affadaisies | April 25, 2008

The Prize Winner of Definace Ohio | July 18, 2008

With a Heavy Heart | April 16, 2009

The Affadaisies, Again | June 29, 2010

Defiance, OH | July 6, 2010

Make Friends & Win Prizes | March 9, 2011

Due to our financial issues the past several years, I didn’t have the funds to return after my last visit in 2010.  I intuitively knew it would be the last time I would see her.  I am so glad I sent her a Christmas card with pictures from some of our visits.

Dortha will be missed.

2013-01-25T17:28:49+00:00January 25th, 2013|General|4 Comments

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Carolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is a Digital Marketing Strategist and Sweepstakes Specialist. Carolyn teaches others how to Find, Organize, Enter and Win giveaways along with working with companies to create, and viral market, winning promotions maximizing ROI and loyal customers.


  1. Kina Diaz DeLeon January 25, 2013 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    It is sad, the passing of the last great generation. Those who made do and did it with smiling, fortitude, ingenuity, and determined perseverance. What a blessing to have had the opportunity to know her.

  2. Beatrice Johnston January 25, 2013 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    My heart goes out to you Carolyn. I know this is a hard time. Thanks for sharing her legacy with us and introducing me to her. For her to have such a profound impact on you shows how truly remarkable she was!

  3. Aletha McManama January 25, 2013 at 8:37 pm - Reply


    I’m sorry to hear of Dortha’s passing. I know this is a sad time for you and her other followers, but I’m sure she’s at peace and I’m sure you will be at peace very soon. 🙂 Thank you for sharing her legacy on your post today.

  4. Francene Stanley January 27, 2013 at 3:52 am - Reply

    Dortha has such a lovely face. How amazing that she wrote so many books in her last years. She’s an inspiration to us all.

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