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Memorial service set for child advocate Dottie Berger MacKinnon

TAMPA — A memorial service for Dottie Berger MacKinnon, a tireless advocate for abused and neglected children, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Mrs. Berger MacKinnon died Sunday of cancer at age 71.

She was a co-founder of Joshua House and the Friends of Joshua House, and the founder regarded as most central to the Kids Charity of Tampa Bay and A Kid's Place, which all offer aid to children in crisis.

She was elected in 1994 to a term on the Hillsborough County Commission.

The memorial service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, 906 S Orleans Ave. in South Tampa. A celebration of life reception will be held afterward at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club.

Her family asked that, in lieu of flowers, mourners make contributions in her memory to A Kid's Place of Tampa Bay Endowment, 1715 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Brandon, FL 33511, or visit, or call (813) 381-3839.

Blount & Curry MacDill Avenue Chapel is handing funeral arrangements.