PROVO -- Dorothy Oakley Rea, 88, a former Deseret News staff writer, columnist and photographer for the Provo area, died Oct. 13, 1999, of causes incident to age.
Rea started her career at the Deseret News in 1950 as a correspondent and staff writer, mainly for Provo and Brigham Young University. Her career with the News spanned 25 years.She had served as the Deseret News Christmas news editor for many years and also published a widely read Column, "By Their Fruits," that ran in the Church News section.She also did a Church News series, "Wives of the General Authorities." Mrs. Rea also had articles published in the Improvement Era and the Relief Society Magazine.
In 1965, she was the only Utahn honored by the National Federation of Press Women because of her in-depth series on the Utah State Hospital in Provo. Rea was also recognized by the Press Association for her coverage of the Golden Spike Centennial in 1969.
When she retired from the Deseret News in 1976, she said her funniest moment was reporting on the Pleasant Grove rodeo queen contest, where the winner ended up being a man, masquerading as a woman. She was a graduate of Provo High and a 1933 graduate of Brigham Young University. She had served as the editor for BYU Alumni Magazine and received numerous awards for her outstanding journalism.Sheserved in various callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Rea's graveside services were held Oct. 18 and interment was in the Provo City Cemetery.