Obituary for Dorothy Lee Dearman

Mrs. Dorothy Lee Dearman, age 89, of Amarillo, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Friday morning, August 9, 2019.

She was born on June 24, 1930, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, to parents Calvin Finess and Ruth Pearl Fine.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Kenneth Roland Dearman; one daughter, Carole Elaine Michaelis; two sons, Kenneth Allen Dearman and Larry Keith Dearman; one granddaughter, Tana Kathryn Hickman; three brothers, Clifford Finess Fine, Joseph Neil Fine, Ambrose Rayburn Fine, three sisters, Estelline Hoyal Brandon, Arva Jean Pickering, and Fay Ruth Hall.

Dorothy is survived by two daughters, Glenna Ruth Hickman of Amarillo and Carla Jean Dearman of Arlington; ten grandchildren; Robert Trent Tyler of Burdett, Kansas, Carrie Michelle Marshall (Darin) of Aurora, Colorado, Lisa Jean Chambers (Deon) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Tracy Lee Ilievski (Zoran), Kenneth Todd Dearman, and Tiffany Denise Dearman of Arlington, Terrell Allen Dearman (Kristina) of Irving, Nicholas Tyson Dearman of Amarillo, and Mathew James Dearman and Kacie Loran Dearman of Canyon; great- grandson, Kenneth Lee Chambers of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and one sister, Velta Janice Kadlecek of Citrus Heights, California, and several nieces and nephews.

Born in 1930, just a few years after The Greatest Generation, Dorothy fit right in with that group. She was admired by her family for her excellent work ethic, can do attitude, and ability to get the job done. She was able to fearlessly tackle any challenge that came her way. She had a quick, sharp mind and tongue to go with it.

In 1947, she married Kenneth Roland Dearman in Amarillo, Texas where they raised five beautiful children.

Dorothy was a very talented cook. Some of her family’s favorites were her Mexican food pepper dish, banana nut bread, fudge, and even her own special beef jerky. She was also known for her green thumb, surrounding her house and property with gorgeous plants. She enjoyed fishing and would meet family at Lake Meredith or Lake Tawakoni for fishing trips. She loved her family and animals, especially dogs.

At the age of 89, Dorothy still had wit, the eyesight of an eagle, and her own strong teeth! She was a one of a kind and will be greatly missed by many.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Rockwell Road Baptist Church, I-27 and Rockwell Road, Amarillo, TX 79118, with Dr. Paul Richardson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, we are asking that donations be sent to either Rockwell Road Baptist Church’s “Feed the Children” ministry at P.O. Box 31495, Amarillo, TX 79120 or to The Salvation Army, 400 S. Harrison St., Amarillo, Texas 79101.  Notate you would like your donation to stay at the local Salvation Army. This organization held a special place in Dorothy’s heart as they made Christmas possible for her and her siblings during a lean year as her parents were struggling cotton farmers.

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