Dorothy J. Gilkey "Momma Dee," 63, went Home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Dee was born in Erie, Pa., on March 15, 1955, daughter of the late Duane and Lillian Harkless.

Dorothy was employed by Gannon University.

Dorothy was a member of Henderson United Methodist Church for many years, where she sang in the Rainbow Choir and helped serve in the food pantry. Dee attended services at Greater Calvary Full Gospel Baptist Church. She loved dancing, music, yard-sales and she never missed a family function.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Tanesha Harkless; two sisters, Kathy Fuller
Sandra Johnson; and an infant brother, Duane Harkless.

Dorothy leaves to cherish her memories her granddaughter, Shaquila (Shawna); and her grandsons, Shieed Stepp and Jaylin and Sincere Harkless. She also leaves behind a stepson, Fateen Gilkey; three sisters, Gail Gilkey (Robert), Susan Harkless (Ted) and Barbara Shields (Charles); and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and close friends, including her best friend, Terieva Lyles.

Friends visited with the family from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at The Greater Calvary Full Gospel Baptist Church, 2624 German Street, where there was a celebration of life at 12 p.m., with Bishop Jesse N. Gavin officiating. Laid to rest  in Wintergreen Gorge.

Dee and Tanesha's program and flowers
Bishop talked about Dee and her participation in  the church Bishop and Pastors share memories of Dee
Songs were sung and Praises to God were witnessed
~Memories ~
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Here you go Dee,  I hope you found Michael and you are "rockin on"

April 06, 2018
My condolences to your whole family. I went to school with Tanesha.
May God comfort you during this difficult time.

ERIE, Pennsylvania

April 06, 2018
I'm so sorry to hear of this tragic loss of you and your daughter the word is so sad prayer's with love

Jennifer (Guthrie) McClinton,
Collins, Mississippi

April 06, 2018
My heart and Prayers go out to your Family, You were taken to soon.

Joyce LaZar,
Erie, Pennsylvania

April 06, 2018
Rest in peace Dee.

Anthony Lofton,
Erie, Pennsylvania

April 06, 2018
To the Gilkey/Harkless families
I send my condolences and love to you all.

Stacy Goodwin,
Erie, Pennsylvania

April 06, 2018
Auntie this is unreal I miss you and the only memory I know hold on to is me dropping you off after Aunt Kathy's viewing and us telling each other I love you not knowing I would never get to talk to you again and you being in church next to me on Sundays and throwing your hands in the air and saying praise him! Your voice keeps playing in my head... this is hard I cried for days and a hard pill to swallow you never judged me but you always pointed that finger and you would always start off by saying neice you know I love you followed by but and carry on with a mini sermon lol I miss you more than I can show I'll see you again Rest in Paradise and we love you!!!

Krystle,( Neice),
Erie, Pennsylvania

March 24, 2018
Such a heartbreaking day today. Prayers to the family. There is no sense of loss of life this way  but know that Dee is not alone.
Her family showed her the way and she is with Jesus. 

Margaret Harrison, Erie, PA