Surrounded by family members at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Dorothy “Dottie” D. Coffman, 77, of Lawrence, left the struggles of this life to enter into an eternal existence with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on July 11, 2014. Dorothy entered this life on September 3, 1936 in Pittsburg, Kansas, the eldest of five children of Mulford E and Evelyn B (Elston) Gentry. The family moved to Lawrence in the early 1940’s and Dorothy received her education in Lawrence, graduating from Lawrence Memorial High School in 1954. On July 7, 1963, she married Ronald Coffman in Lawrence. Dorothy worked at Hallmark Cards for five years and then elected to be a stay at home Mom. Dorothy was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary. She volunteered with the PTA at Sunset Hills School for many years. She was a self-taught artist and she created many paintings; she gave painting classes for a period of time. Dorothy’s cheerful and giving attitude was known and appreciated by many.
She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Ronald Coffman, of the home, a son, Jeff, Lawrence, and a daughter, Chris Haupt, Little Rock, Arkansas; two grandsons, Will and Shane Haupt, and one great-grandchild, all of Little Rock, Arkansas. She is also survived by her brother, Gene Gentry (Marge), and by three sisters, Sue Gibbons, Mary Gray, and Janie Daniel (Harold), all of Lawrence.
Visitation will be at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on July 16, 2014 at the funeral home at 10:00 am with burial services to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.