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Dortha Elmore

Obituary for Dortha Elmore

February 6, 1922 - October 3, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 95


Dortha Elmore was a woman whose life was full of love, laughter, family, and friends, and whose humble beginnings on a ranch in West Texas led to a full life of giving to others, passed away on October 3, 2017. We are so sad to lose our Dottie and at the same time so joyful to know she is made whole in Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior.

Dortha Merriman Elmore was born on February 6, 1922 in Spur, Texas where she was raised on a ranch by her cowboy father, Don Merriman and school teacher mother, Ella Merriman. She was so proud of her father's ranching legacy and her mother, who was the founder and owner of Merriman's Business College in Lubbock, Texas. In 1939, she met the Great Man that she would be the Great Woman behind, O. Leroy Elmore (Papa). They were soon wed and a year later had their only child, Lynda Royce Elmore. She spent the early years raising Lynda and supporting her husband in Lubbock. Papa would tease her, but actually bragging, saying that Dottie could make two things when they got married- chicken and carrots- but she could make that chicken last a whole week! In 1953, Leroy was a co-owner in a radio business, KDAV in Lubbock, where her fascination of celebrities and love affair of travel began. In Lubbock, they became friendly with the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, June Carter, Loretta Lyn, and Ray Charles, just to name a few. Casinos would send the threesome out to Las Vegas in exchange for advertising spots where they went to shows and rubbed elbows with celebrities. When she would talk about those days, it seemed like a scene out of an "I Love Lucy" episode- glamour and celebrities, with a little bit of silly. In 1978, the couple moved to Dallas where she made many new friends and was a member of Lover's Lane Methodist Church and countless charitable and social organizations. In 1993, they moved to Austin to be near their grandchildren. Throughout the years, Dottie wrote dozens of poems, one of which, "Before Winter Comes," won third place in the 1991 National Library of Poetry Contest in Washington, D.C. She was especially proud because it was copyrighted. She loved to explore the world with family and friends - England, Canada, France, Italy, cruising the Mediterranean, New York, Colorado Springs in the heat of August, or her beloved Laguna Niguel. She visited Hawaii over 24 times, but was just as excited to go for a drive to Fredericksburg. She appreciated art, music, and nature, but above all, she loved being a grandmother to her three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. And what a grandmother she was! She made each one feel like The Favorite, special in every way and proud of the smallest accomplishment. She had the sweetest smile and the most amazing, contagious laugh, of which will live in our memories and bring a smile to our hearts.

Dottie was preceded in death by her sister, Roma McCullough, her husband, Leroy, her brother Pat Merriman, and daughter, Lynda. She is survived by grandchildren Lisa Bradley, Kristi Vaught and husband Mark, and Bret Burford and wife Electra; great grandchildren Houston Bradley, Valerie Vaught, Bradley Vaught, Cole Burford, Gage Burford, and Electra Burford, and her niece, Pamela Merriman, and her nephew, Michael Merriman.

The family would like to thank Hospice Austin for the phenomenal care they gave Dottie over the past three years. We would also like to thank her best friends and caregivers, Olga Candales and Mary Flores for their love and dedication over the last 12* years. And to Monique Guzman, Olga Vidaurri, and Martha Londy for their care, love, and dedication to our grandmother. We will be forever grateful to you all.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making donations to Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road Suite 100, Austin, Texas 78759

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 7th at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N Lamar.

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