Dorothy L. Behunin Nethercott

Dorothy L. Behunin Nethercott passed away Monday, May 10, 2021, just hours short of her 100th birthday in St. George, Utah. She was born on May 11, 1921, in Ferron, Utah to Mary Zwahlen and Joseph Henry Behunin. On October 17, 1942, she married Boyd Nethercott in Oakland, California and they were sealed together in the Salt Lake Temple on October 6, 1954. Dorothy grew up the youngest of 13 siblings with sisters who were renowned for their beautiful singing voices and lovely home sewn dresses.

She was a good student and loved reading and acting in school and local plays. Dorothy yearned to see the world. After marrying LT Boyd Nethercott, a US Naval Aviator, she moved with him from naval base to base, keeping the home fires burning during his overseas service in the Pacific fighting WWII and The Korean War, culminating with a foreign assignment for the whole family in Berlin, Germany as Head of Naval Station at the height of The Cold War.

Dorothy was blessed with the gift of nurturing and serving throughout her life for family, friends and strangers alike. She did see the world, raising a family of six with a great zest for life, all imbued with her testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She is preceded in death by her husband Boyd Nethercott, Commander, USN Retired, and daughter Sydney Nethercott Andrews McDonald (Dave). She is survived by her five living children, Pamela (Bruce), Evan (Brenda), Daniel (Leanne), Jill Theresa, Anthony (Cinda), and 18 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

The Funeral will be held Saturday, May 15 at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Chapel (1095 E St. James, St. George, Utah) with a viewing proceeding the service from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Internment is at Tonaquint Cemetery.

Friends and family that are unable to attend are invited to view the services via zoom by clicking on the link below:

The family wishes to thank the years of loving care provided by Spring Gardens Assisted Living.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the veteran’s organization of your choice.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Dorothy’s online guest book at



9:30-10:30 am

Second Visitation


11:00 am


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Eagles Landing Ward)
1095 E St James Ln., St. George, UT


Tonaquint Cemetery
1777 S Dixie Dr, St. George, UT

Guest Book

6 Responses

  1. I wish to honor my blessed grandmother, who gave me my wonderful mother, and so many precious life moments. I wouldn’t know charity or have the perspective of noticing other’s needs without her example. I am grateful for her garden training and love for animals that she passed on to me as well. Her home was one of great comfort and a constant refuge for me. I am happy that she returns to the peace of a heavenly home and a reunion with her cherished family who will welcome her. I love you nana!

  2. Such a beautiful spirit. We thought the world of Boyd and Dorothy our acquaintance span over years now. We’ll never forget their engaging
    personalities …..instantly you were drawn to their charming light. Whenever our paths crossed they reached out with a friendly hello and a warm hug. What a beautiful elite lady. 100 years , with so much accomplished. Dorothy made the world a better place. We will miss her….certainly a bright light and a mentor to many who will remember her beautiful spirit.

  3. I remember always being so excited to see my Aunt Dottie when her family visited. She was always so gracious and beautiful. She was a delight to be with and made my mother very happy. I am thankful that all the sisters will be together again. There are not many families that have thirteen children consisting of ten girls and three boys. My Grandparents will have their marvelous family together again in heaven. I am gratetul for our time spent together as family and loved ones, as these memories will be with me and cherished forever.

  4. To my amazing great grandma Dorothy Nethercott Thank you for all what you did for our family you are amazing person we love you and miss you . You’re always in our hearts and always will . you and Boyd Nethercott are together again 🌺💕

  5. I am so grateful to have known you. The world was a better place with you in it. I will carry you in my heart until I see you not to far in the future.

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