Tuesday, July 21, 2009

At Least She Didn't Die in a Shoot Out

Dorothy Viola Southern passed away in Colorado Springs, Colorado, earlier this month.  Dorothy was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and her obituary appeared in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette last week.

Dorothy was married by the time she was 13 and had two children by the age of 16.  She later gave birth to three more, and her three children who are still living "are glad she died peacefully and not in a shoot out."

Although her children marveled at their mother's tenacity, work ethic, ingenuity and sense of humor, they say that "she never learned the art of contentment or anger management, which she desperately needed."  However, her obituary claims that she "got off to a rocky start and really never had a fair chance."

In addition to her three children, Dorothy is survived by 11 grandchildren, whom she delighted in "except sometimes when she was living near them."

During her lifetime, Dorothy married nine times, and "almost to the end she was still making people laugh, cussing people out, and looking for the perfect husband."

Rest in peace, Dorothy.  I'd say that you're still making people laugh even in death.

18 comments:

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

LOL..yep I would say she is still making folks laugh.
Molly

Just Breathe said...

Is that really true? Wow!

susan said...

Sometimes papers just include WAY too much information!(even if it is written by the family) It just proves the saying "Quiet women never make history"! I bet she was a character!--Go Dorothy!-I hope she finds peace.

nanny said...

Sounds like she was a character!!

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

What a hoot! She kept life interesting for all those around her, didn't she? hahaha

Domestic Designer said...

Sounds like she was something else!

Robin said...

WOW! What an obituary!!! I bet she was quite a woman!

Hilarious!

{{HUGS}}

Robin :o)

Candy said...

Would love to see a pic of her. Sounds like an interesting person that would wake up a room with her presence.

Great story!
Candy

Joyce said...

This is a great story...9 husbands? yikes! The line about delighting in her children cracked me up.

Lou Cinda said...

What a great testimony to a full life! Nine husbands...she beat me!

Lou Cinda :)

Candy said...

I did a little research on Dorothy and her mom also have a tragic life which spilled over onto Dorothy.
Interesting, Candy

Candy said...

I googled her whole name.
http://www.namiathensohio.org/vgrace.html
This is where I read more.

Interesting,c

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laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Susie had emailed me some of this, and I had laughed out loud. What a character Dorothy must have been. laurie

Joycee said...

We take the Arkansas Democrat and I missed this! With Mom being in the hospital I don't have much time to blog. This lady must have been a real character!

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